This project began with a small business loan from World Vision a few years back. David Omari is in his late 20's and is a native to Nairobi, Kenya. Like the majority of people he was struggling to feed his family but having always been artistic he began the art of gourd carving. He takes gourds, dries them out and then with some crude tools and some creative talents he is able to create hope for his life. Attempting to sell them in the local markets and other locations he was gutting the gourds and making bowls, they sold well and then he decided to begin filling the gourds with wax and creating candles as well.
Over the past few years with his business growing he has been able to teach some local artisans as well as some streetboys this craft. Today he is able to feed his family, and also employ others in need. The Gourd Guys are one of HT's projects that sell to the San Diego Zoo in their gift shops!
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