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Gourd Kitty Birdhouse

Not for the faint of heart, the Gourd Kitty Birdhouse is the perfect home for birds that like to live on the edge! Artisans working with OTICART International hand-paint a cat face on a dried, hollowed gourd to create this darling accent for your porch. OTICART provides oncome opportunities to makers living in and around Nairobi who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed.

HANDCRAFTED IN KENYA

  • Gourd birdhouse with leather accents and string hanger
  • Hinged back opening
  • 6Dx11H inches
  • Not for prolonged outdoor use
  • Handmade in Kenya

SKU: 4107090

THE MAKERS

In 1995 Claytone Ombasyi, a Christian businessman in Nairobi, Kenya, started OTIC, a privately held export and marketing company. Ombasyi, with professional experience in exporting and marketing, wanted to help local artisans connect with export markets. He operates his business with the utmost integrity and expects the same of others, encouraging artisans to consider their products a reflection of themselves and to use the products to share their vision with customers. OTIC provides export, packaging and quality control support for a number of small workshops in and around Nairobi. Depending on their circumstances, these small groups provide a variety of advantages to their artisans. Some offer training in wood carving, while others provide short–term, no interest loans. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from OTIC since 2001.
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Welcome to our global maker-to-market movement where, together with 20,000 artisans, we ignite social change. We create opportunities for individuals, families, and communities in developing countries to thrive through strong relationships, fair wages, safe working conditions, and sustainable practices.

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