Mission Impossible made possible

josephine

I always liked challenges, but this one is a tough one.

I have met Josephine some time back. She is young, very shy and mother of 2.
She is from a rural area in Western Kenya. I don’t know much about her as she does not talk much.

She has been helping me for a while now with small and easy tasks, like removing the metallic part from the dvd’s or flattening the plastic bottles.

Then I decided it was time for something new.

One afternoon, while her husband was taking care of the baby,  I showed her how to cut plastic flowers out of plastic bottles.

She looked at me surprised when I started cutting circles. I asked her to follow my example. Only then did I realise that she had never held scissors before in her life. For me a city girl from Italy holding scissors or a pen was so normal. It never dawned on me that it was not an obvious thing worldwide. 

But then we started  slowly to cut together. Step by step Josephine learned to use the scissors and to cut circles. A slow process but she improved. She had to leave before we could make a flower of the cuttings. I did it on my own. 

The next day I showed her the flowers I made from her cuttings. She could not believe her eyes. “Have I done that?”

YES YOU DID!

The expression on her face was priceless as you can see on the picture I took of her

The quality of her flowers is not the best yet, but she has a good attitude and she is willing to learn.

Next challenge…painting the Elephants!

About the Author:

“Eclastic“ (Eco & Plastic) aims at producing beautiful jewelry, made of recycled bottles & other plastic. Any water/soda bottle or cd is used to make fantastic pieces of art. The Eclastic Jewelry are 100% hand-made. Each piece is unique. We cut, burn, bake, melt and assemble each piece with a lot of patience and respect for the environment. At the moment The project is supported by Little Mara Bush Camp in Maasai Mara Kenya, who sell our products to tourists. With the purchase of Eclastic Jewelry you are supporting the Eclastic project that include create awareness in kenyans, employment opportunities and cleaning of the environment. Thank you all for your amazing support!
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