Budgetary support as a bridge fund to ensure survival of the APDK-Bombolulu Workshop and Cultural Center Project following adverse effects of the covid-19 pandemic

Budgetary support as a bridge fund to ensure survival of the APDK-Bombolulu Workshop and Cultural Center Project following adverse effects of the covid-19 pandemic

Campaign by  Bombolulu Workshops and Cultural Center, Mombasa, Kenya
$1,091.9 (29 donors)
1%
Goal is $56,000
1 Complete (success)

About this campaign

Based in Mombasa, Kenya since 1969, we provide an income through work for our 160 differently-abled artisans and 20 support staff mainly through our four product workshops:

Jewelry
Tailoring and leather
Woodwork
Mobility aids
When tourists are able to visit they can lunch, dance, and shop at our Cultural center and Gift shop.

The children of our producers also have an on-site nursery school.
Challenge
Income for Bombolulu Workshops has been declining significantly since 2019 due to the prevailing economic environment. We experienced a serious decline in 2020 due to the adverse effects of covid-19 on the local and global economy. Most export customers closed business and some countries like Japan restricted entry of goods into their territory so we were unable to export the already produced products.

Further, our top 5 export customers for jewelry are People tree (Japan), Ten thousand villages (USA), Solidar Monde (Spain), Trade Aid Importers (New Zealand), and Trades of Hope (USA). Till the end of 2019, the combined business volume from these top customers has been about KES 14.5 million per year. Business performance dropped by more than 70% in 2020 and this, therefore, threatened the livelihood of 160 artisans (Both permanent and casuals) with disabilities and their families. The artisans and their households suffer extreme vulnerability and the covid-19 pandemic makes the situation even worse due to loss of business, loss of jobs, and the need to reduce operating costs.

Nevertheless, we have to make efforts to claim existing business opportunities. We designed and produced 20,000 cotton face masks (PPEs) for Absa, a local bank. We also produced face masks in large quantities for other corporate customers including KWS, NAS, and tourist hotels among others. We strengthened our relationships with these customers and that helped in diversifying our products and business approaches. We also produce animal traps for KWS, a product line we never had in our collection before.

Use of Funds

The Proceeds will be used to pay salaries to the 160 employees who solely depend on the center for a leaving. The proceeds are earmarked for the months of May, June, and July.