Our Soapstone is carved by the artists of SMOLArt a group of artists who live in the rural village of Tabaka in western Kenya, the heart of soapstone crafts. SMOLArt is a shortened version of Small, Medium, and Large Artists and refers to the size of the soapstone products that are lovingly crafted by hand from locally mined soapstone.
The artisans making wire baskets in action!
In 2012 Davison and Grace Kantha were facing uprooting their tea bushes on their one-acre “shamba” because their tea earnings did not provide them with basic family needs – food, water, sanitation, and education. With the help of part earring with Justea, the Katah family and the Nandi Hills community were able to establish Kenya’s first-ever “Artisanal Tea Cottage Factory” owned and managed by small-scale tea farmers!