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By Janice Knausenberger on 2/20/2010 2:00 PM

Beacon Of Hope in Ongata Rongai, Kenya, has come so far in its efforts to bring about positive changes in the lives in the Ongata Rongai community.  I will give you a brief update here.

By Janice Knausenberger on 2/20/2010 1:22 PM

PAWENA is the weaving workshop that for Pangani Lutheran Children's Center in Nairobi, Kenya.  Monies earned from pieces produced to toward the housing and education of girls at risk.  I first became involved with this workshop in 2007. 

By Janice Knausenberger on 2/5/2010 9:53 AM


 The Wool Spinning Workshop in Njabini is moving along nicely. Since I began working with this motivated group in September, I have seen a growing confidence, improvements in their rug weavings, expansion in their product line and their inclusion of additional members of the community.
By Janice Knausenberger on 1/27/2010 6:06 AM


Rendille and Samburu women of Northern Kenya have a tradition of weaving camel milk baskets. This craft was dying until a few years ago, when new markets were established and new designs were developed. Laura Lemunyete, the driving force behind these efforts, just swung through Nairobi with some new basket designs and news of an up and coming website for international sales.
By Janice Knausenberger on 12/20/2009 2:11 PM

Njabini Wool Spinning Workshop in Kenya, formed 5 years ago in an effort to save endangered birds and their habitat while providing alternate forms of income for the local residents.  In the summer of 2009, I was asked to help them improve the quality of their rugs.  This group’s desire to produce quality products has resulted in frequent intense sessions that go from the steps of spinning to marketing and design .  This is my first blog entry on my involvement with Njabini. 

By Janice Knausenberger on 11/2/2009 12:30 PM

In September 2009, the German Speaking Lutheran Congregation in Nairobi, Kenya, asked me if I would be able to create some new rug designs for their Weaving Workshop.

By Janice Knausenberger on 5/8/2009 9:36 AM

Over the years here in Kenya, I have had specific and general request concerning specific techniques in hand weaving.  This workshop on accent designs answered some of the questions I had been receiving with respect to making a fabric unique.

By Janice Knausenberger on 11/24/2007 1:01 PM
There are many people and organizations who are devoted to uplifting lives here in Africa. Through my husband’s work in development through USAID, I meet and hear of so very many people in the agricultural field. USAID is very involved in most aspect of uplifting lives. is a good place to start. Under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act it is now easier for many African countries to export African made textiles to the US. More information on trade and the hubs established can be found at the African Global Competitiveness Initiative (AGCI) site: . It would be a tremendous task to list all the governments and non-government organizations, that are working to improve lives here.

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By Janice Knausenberger on 9/16/2007 4:06 PM

 Beacon of Hope (BOH) the Hiv/AIDS VCT center in Ongata Rongai, is moving forward with its weaving program.  They just fulfilled an order for rugs from 10 Thousand Villages adn have fulfilled smaller orders for overseas buyers. 

By Janice Knausenberger on 5/31/2007 2:21 PM

I continue to volunteer at Beacon of Hope, a VCT center (Voluntary Counseling and Testing center for Hiv/AIDS) in Ongata Rongai, just south of Nairobi, Kenya.  As a community service, this center makes available free training in making tapestries/rugs, making kikoys (woven on 4shaft counterbalance looms), spinning, or tailoring. After the one year of training, the participants are ready to start their own business or can do piece work for BOH.   In the 3 years I have helped, since October 2003, the weavers have really progressed in both their production and skill levels.

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