I love the look of them, and I love the vision behind them. Here is a bit about Sarah’s company:
Kicheko, meaning “laughter” in Swahili, is a cause-based brand producing goods that directly benefit orphan care and development work at Congo for Christ Center (CCC) in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Born out of a love to create and a passion for Congo, I started making earrings with a group of women from the DC area, who also enjoy crafting. I chose “Kicheko” to represent what we are doing because so often, the narrative of Congo is dark and paralyzing.
When we went to Congo in 2011 and again in 2012, it was uplifting to see that the people and the children laugh and most of all, they hope. Laughter can be healing medicine, is contagious, and perpetuates hope and joy.
Kicheko has been a wonderful way to engage people in the story of Congo and the struggle it faces today. It’s the second largest country in Africa; rich in minerals, natural resources, and beauty; and home to an amazing community of children and people, who we have worked with for the past two years. There is an immense amount of need and obstacles that the Congo needs to overcome and while they are resilient and hopeful, they cannot do it alone.
Every pair of Kicheko goes directly to support capacity building, empowerment, and orphan care for CCC. I look forward to expanding the line of Kicheko goods and one day showcasing goods created by the mommas and entrepreneurs from CCC. I know that together we can make a difference.