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Helping Friends Bookends

From bedtime stories to book clubs, reading really can be about bonding. This pair of bookends celebrates that spirit of togetherness. Native to the Tabaka Hills of Kenya, kisii stone ranges from pink to white and has long between a source of income for the people living in this area. Carvers use the simple tools of their ancestors to earn sustainable incomes, and additional proceeds from their work have helped to establish a community library and increase literacy in this rural area.


  • Hand-carved kisii stone bookends
  • Set of 2
  • Kisii stone naturally varies in color from white to pinkish brown
  • Each bookend is 2.5Lx6Wx6H inches
  • Handmade in Kenya

SKU: 4122290


Smolart is a self-help organization in the Western Kenyan community of Kisii, near Lake Victoria. As a unique source of kisii soapstone, this area is home to many artisans who make their living through carving. Smolart seeks to improve the lives of member carvers through marketing and logistical supports. Smolart works with 200 producer members, each of whom is a stakeholder. Each member works with several home-based artisans, for a total of some 1,000 carvers, thus creating job opportunities while also allowing artisans to be closer to their families.The group's mission goes beyond providing a fair wage to artisans; they seek to eradicate poverty among their members, promote fair trade, oppose discrimination, to support community efforts and to manage resources sustainably. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from Smolart since 2008.

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.