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AKP supports new bead making enterprise in Zambia

September 19, 2019 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

After the success of the A&K Philanthropy (AKP) supported Chipego Bike Shop in the Zambian village of Nakatindi, close by Victoria Falls, another exciting initiative has been unveiled.

After two years of research, development, fundraising, training and construction, AKP is delighted to announce the official opening of the Sishemo Bead Studio in Nakatindi. Operated by eight artisans from the community, the enterprise supports some 40 family members and dependents.

The project involves making glass beads using traditional African techniques: recycling glass from discarded bottles generated by nearby luxury camp, Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma, painstakingly firing the glass in a handmade kiln, shaping each bead by hand, creating unique shapes, colours and designs which are then used to make one-of-a-kind necklaces, bracelets, earrings and other bead products.

Employment opportunities in Nakatindi are extremely limited, particularly for women and for those who have not completed their education. Through this new enterprise, these women have the chance to dramatically improve their livelihoods, and the health, education and prospects of their families.

A&K guests travelling to the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park area are invited to visit the studio during their stay where they will learn how to produce recycled glass beads and try their hand at making a bracelet – an unforgettable keepsake of any visit.

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