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Recycled Can Chick Ornament

A little birdy told us you wanted something for your tree! The Recycled Can Chick Ornament gives a second life to metal cans and wire and supports jobs for makers in Burkina Faso.

HANDCRAFTED IN BURKINA FASO

  • Chick ornament handcrafted from metal wire and recycled metal cans
  • Assorted colors
  • 2.5H inches
  • Silver ribbon hanging loop is 4L inches
  • Handmade in Burkina Faso

SKU: 1800170

THE MAKERS

Atelier de Bronze Bonkoungou et Frère specializes in the traditional technique of lost wax bronze casting. The workshop leader, Issouf Bonkoungou learned the ancient technique from his father and from a retired master artisan by the name of Sissao Hamidou whom Ten Thousand Villages began purchasing from in 1996. Mr. Hamidou was instrumental in the formation of the first artisan enterprise for bronze casting in the area, Antelier de Formation et de Promotion des Artisans in 2013 with aid from MCC Burkina Faso, a relief, development and peace agency of the North American Mennonite and Brethren in Christ. He continued training artisans in the craft and selling lost wax statues to Ten Thousand Villages until his retirement in 2021 when he passed the secure buying relationship on to Mr. Bonkoungou and Atelier de Bronze Bonkoungou. Ten Thousand Villages is the only advanced payment, bulk order buyer for Mr. Bonkoungou’s family and dozen other craftspeople working with him—fair trade has made a living wage possible in this marginalized area for more than two decades.
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