Founded in 2010, by Roxanne Joyal, Me to We Artisans is a line of original accessories handcrafted by artisan mamas in Free the Children developing communities in Kenya. Beadwork is a traditional component of Maasai communal life, but a lot of these women also try to make a living by selling their wares at the market. Me to We offers these Maasai mamas an opportunity to create what they already know and do, but share their works with a global market.
The program now employs approximately 1,200 Kenyan mamas, making up 34 independent beading groups that span 14 communities. This is a huge leap forward in terms of progress because it allows these women to be integral members of their households, contributing to their family income.