These beautiful cards are made by Lilian Omondi in rural Kenya using recycled materials of aluminium cans, copper wire, beads, bottle tops and recycled cardboard.
Lilian is very smart, capable and driven. What she lacks is opportunity. Lilian is the third child from a family of nine (she is the first daughter) , and left secretary school to help her mother when her father died. About 12 years ago she started her own curio shop servicing the tourists that would come through on their way to many of the national parks and attractions in the area. Being creative Lilian taught herself to make many of the products she was selling and started to collect discarded soft drink cans and fashion them into figures to sell, and then developing the idea of putting them on cards (which she cuts herself).
With the onset of Covid19 Lilian had to close her shop and rely fully on the sales of her cards. She is a single mother with two children , now 11 and 12, who she is saving for to send to a good school as she understands the value of education and the opportunities it will create .