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Employing and Empowering the women of Gilgil

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Restart Africa is a charity based in Gilgil, Kenya, that aims to rescue desperate homeless children from the streets of Kenya, where drugs, violence and prostitution are rife, to provide these children with a home, education, care and counselling, and to uplift and empower the community by providing work opportunities.

These opportunities include a briquette making operation that provides the Centre with all its fuel requirements, and generates some income through local sales; a Crafts project making bags, shoes and jewellery; our own agricultural plot supplying vegetables to the Centre and the village; and an extensive herb garden that produces holistic medicinal treatments.

These all help to support the running costs and work of Restart, and aim to provide worthwhile employment for the local community. This in turn enables people to earn money, and gain stability, security and self-respect. Workers, some of whom are Restart Centre graduates, learn to use skills old and new, and make an independent livelihood.

The Sanata Women’s Group (SWG) was established by the charity in 2009 to try and improve circumstances for women in the Gilgil area by providing work which made use of their fine needlework and artistic skills.  The charity provides training training, materials and equipment and the Women's Group are paid in return for the work that they do.  Whilst the charity has not made any money so far from this venture it has provided training and work for a large number of women with around 30 now attending on a regular basis.  This activity empowers the women to fulfil their own destiny providing them with independence and security in a town with limited opportunities.

In collaboration with Ethical Fashion, an international UN backed organisation which connects small and often remote groups of artisans with the international fashion world, we have won several design contracts from prestigious fashion houses, including Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney, Karen Walker and Sass & Bide.

Using the SWG label, we are a highly efficient and respected supplier of stunning bags, both beaded and screenprinted, jewellery, sandals, belts, dog collars and accessories, all crafted using a combination of ancient skills and innovative modern techniques. Have a look at our products and contact us if you’d like to buy any!

The Crafts project also makes a range of strong, reusable, carrier bags in different sizes and fabrics, which can be screen-printed with any design, both in small and large quantities.

We are always looking for new markets for our products, and would love to hear from retailers who would be interested in stocking our stunning designs. If you would like to place an order, please email us at:
  • Gilgil Town Road, Kenya

£ 25

Donation Amount

Every item is made to order so please allow time for the materials to be bought, the item to be made and then for it to reach you.  If we have the materials in stock and do not have any issues we should be able to get it to you within 4 weeks but if you are ordering something for a special occasion please do contact us at to get a better idea of the timeline.
Postage costs are calculated by weight so, if you could contact us on we can confirm the exact postage costs for you.
We can make anything bespoke for you if you contact us at 
If you would like products for your company to give as gifts please don't hesitate to ask us for a quote.
We have a lot of experience of producing products either with screen printed logos or with beaded designs in company colours so please do contact us at for more details.