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Donate at the $75 level

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When you make a $75 contribution, we will send you a beautiful hand carved, 9 inch round soapstone dish as a special thank you.  

 

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The stone is named after the Kisii tribe of the Tabaka Hills in western Kenya—the only place it is found in the region. The soapstone is a metamorphic rock that consists of the mineral talc. Also commonly referred to as steatite, it is known for being soft and easy to work with.

While the stone was primarily used for domestic purposes such as basketry and pottery, it is now used to make handmade carvings for export. The Kisii people originally used soapstone to carve pots to carry fat, which was later massaged into the skin for protection against the sun and other elements. For many families, these soapstone carvings are their primary source of income as they sell their work in malls, galleries, markets and shops across Kenya.