Contributing to Conservation
NWC strives to conserve the unique highland grasslands of Kinangop which are home to various specialized birds, frogs and other invertebrates. The bird, Sharpes’s Longclaw, is one of the unique birds that are only found in Kenya and has been severely affected by habitat destruction. Its numbers have declined by more than 80% and are still falling. It is suspected that other grassland birds are declining steadily.
If the grasslands are lost, the Longclaw and other grassland birds will be too. The birds requires grass tussocks for feeding, roosting and nesting. Turning around the decline of Sharpe’s Longclaw is a major challenge, but one which can be achieved. The Njabini Wool Crafters aims to protect both the Kinangop grasslands and Sharpe’s Longclaw by offering an economically viable alternative to converting the remaining grassland for arable farming. This project is a crucial part of local community-based conservation activities.
Empowering the local youths
Started by local youths, Njabini Wool Crafters is committed to create a platform for local youths to participate in Nature conservation and community Development.
Since its establishment in 2004, NWC has trained fifteen (15) youths wool spinning, twelve (12) youths in weaving and three (3) in natural dying. Four of the youths are already employed in other workshops while eight (8) are working in the Njabini Wool Crafter’s Workshop in Njabini, Kamrembo. A fully operational workshop, built with support from Mr. David Fox and Family serves as a workshop for wool value addition through spinning and weaving and also as training centre. The conservation offices hosted at the NWC workshop provide local, national and international youth interested in environment conservation are also provided with platform to gain first-hand experience and develop more skills through participation in various projects and activities.
Njabini Wool Crafters (NWC) is a young and vibrant cooperative society started in 2004 by Kinangop youths interested in wool spinning and weaving and registered in as a cooperative society in 2012. The Society’s headquarters are based in Njabini, Nyandarua County Kenya.
Njabini Wool Crafters envisions itself as the leading wool handling, spinning and weaving cooperative society in the country
Njabini Wool Crafters’s mission is to work tirelessly to ensure the co-existence and well being ofboth the community and native highland grassland fauna. The society strives to ensure delivering amazingproducts to clients while at the same time serving the community and supporting conservation efforts in Nyandarua County. Ultimately, we aim to be the go-to place for all of our customer’s wool products needs.
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