Banana Bark Art



Munga and Gilbert are twin brothers we met in 2001. They needed to help their families with the basic daily necessities of life, especially food and shelter. They are Congolese refugees living in Kenya supporting their entire family. Refugees in Kenya have no rights and cannot find jobs. Heavenly Treasures has been able to help Munga and Gilbert through product development and a simple marketing strategy, locally and internationally.

Munga and Gilbert make beautiful banana bark that has turned into an o­n-going business.  The Nativity sets and angels sold by HT have become best sellers. This Livelihood Project has been a source of income for Munga, his family and relatives for 10 years. The changes in their lives have included continuing education, food, lodging and an opportunity for a better life for each family member.  Munga and Gilbert are able to support their mom and dad, sisters and brothers and other relatives. 

  

Christina, Caroline, Kigen and Obadiah were able to visit them in April 2012. They moved to a new house near Nairobi. Here is a testimonial of Caroline's experience with them: 

When we got near the road, Munga jumped in our car and sat next to me. He said "Caroline!! I have known you for 10 years but now we are finally meeting!" He told me I was his American sister because Kathy is his American mom. After a bumpy ride to his house, we arrived to the shortest and smallest gateway I've ever seen. They told us the gate was small so it would be hard for criminals or robbers to escape if they tried coming in or out.

Gilbert greeted and welcomed us into their home. We sat down and all around the walls were bible verses. It blessed me to see how they have such faith in God. As I talked with Munga, I asked him if he'd been able to make many friends in their new community as they had only been in this area a few months. He told me no, life is very hard for Congolese refugees in Kenya. They don't have any rights so people treat them as outcasts. Its a real shame because Munga and Gilbert have such cute personalities and a great heart.

I asked them to show me around their home as it was my first time in a real Kenyan home. They showed me how they cook their food and I asked them how they get water.
They took us outside and about 200 feet away there was a well. It was a really deep hole in the ground covered with wood. The landlord had made a crank so the bucket could go deep into the ground to get water. They use about 2 gallons of water per day for everything. We were able to take photos together and pray for them. They showed us their samples and we were able to encourage them and build them up. We enjoyed our fellowship, however, it was evident that at times life can be a real struggle. Please pray for them, that God would give them wisdom and discernment, faith when the struggle seems too hard and hope for the future."