Faiya cultural women group in Isiolo was identified – a total of 13 trainees and mobilized for the training through their group leader.
Quick assessment on bones was done by visiting a slaughter house in Isiolo in the outskirts of the town, James Muthee one of the person in charge of the slaughter unit provided us with the information we needed. Here they slaughter averagely four camels per day and this translates to 104 camels slaughtered in a month guaranteeing sustainable production of bones for craft products. Cow and goats were also being slaughtered in tens per day which gave a positive indication of more availability of other related bones and horns available to sustain production of crafts in Isiolo County.
Few camel bones were found but of particular type which is normal because the other types usually are transported with meat to the butcheries where the bones are disposed after selling the meat. Camel tooth which forms another part of useful raw material in this line were also found to be available from one of the slaughter attendant by the name Nyayo. This attendant admitted that he stores camel tooth at his home at (Sokoyamolokony) and sells them to one particular buyer at about Ks 70 per tooth.
A lot of cow horns were found dumped at the dumping site near the slaughter center and were good quality but some were found scattered within the slaughter. Cow horns form an important part of raw materials in handicraft development and it was important to note how they are managed as well. Mr. Naftali Kiambi one of the attendants said they did not know what to do with the horns and they would be happy to give them out at no charge to the women group but consider charging for a small fee in the feature.
They expressed desire to see what products are made out of the horns hoping that this would to motivate them to collect and store more horns. Mzee Aboko who collects horns and put them at one location within slaughter agreed to give out some horns without charging the women for their experiment. Twenty pieces of cow horns were given out.
Trainees were taken through atleast six stages of product development.
At the end of the training a number of products were ready both in cow horn and camel bones.
- Dyed brown flat key holders made from flat camel leg bone(Ire) Measuring 8cmx 3.5cm
- Natural color flat key holders made from flat camel leg bone(Ire) Measuring 8cmx 3.5cm
- Dyed orange flat key holders made from flat camel leg bone(Ire) Measuring 8cmx 3.5cm
- Natural black cow horn beaded key holder(gees) Measurement Diameter 3cm
- Drinking cow horn black in color with holder
- Black cow horn necklace