Partnered with Uhunzi


Uhunzi is a small Kenyan company established six years ago, dedicated to producing products that are recycled, sustainable, environmentally friendly and promote fair trade. Based in the highlands north of Kenya’s capital, Uhunzi ‘s employees belong to diverse tribes from all over the country. Along with their 7 highly skilled team members, the company supports the living of the people living in Nairobi’s slums, buying their collected scrap metal to recycle. With this scrap metal, the process continues:

“The scrap metal is melted down in a home made clay furnace that is powered by recycled waste engine oil. The molten metal is then poured into sand moulds, utilising waste sand from the glass industry, which is usually discarded by the Glass companies once they have extracted silica from it for making glass. Uhunzi utilises this waste sand, mixing it with molasses as a binder and making our moulds from it.

Once the casting process is complete, each item goes through a very labour intensive finishing process that involves skill, time and effort, before the item can be packed and marketed. From creating the mould through to casting and polishing, each stage is done by hand which makes each product unique and special.”


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Every Kidknits recycled aluminum tag goes through this process, thanks to the hard work of people like Lilian at Uhunzi. Lilian is bright and encouraging, always a smile on her face. While she is only one of the two women employed by the company, she doesn’t shy away from what is normally regarded as men’s work. Lilian is cheerfully ready to try anything, including heavy casting and filling, in order to get the job done. At home, she supports two children, along with her husband who works at a nearby tea farm. She has been working for just over a year in order to support her children’s education and is a valuable member of Uhunzi’s team, and ours.