— Crafting Kenya, Founder / Lead —
Originally from Kenya, Wanja is an idea integrator, doer and risk-taker with global perspectives gained from the 6 countries where she has lived and worked, and the 27 others where she has traveled. For six years, Wanja worked globally in International Development, an incredible opportunity to give back, experience local cultures around the world, and ultimately, attain practical knowledge of global economic, social and political systems. Since the end of 2013, Wanja has been residing in Milan, Italy, learning about the value chains of heritage-based design and luxury enterprises.
Wanja sees herself as belonging to a new generation of young Africans who are writing a new Africa narrative. Africa's cultural heritage is her chosen path, because its brimming reservoirs also hold some of its most untapped resources that could provide a critical source of economic collateral to fuel its development and innovation engines.
— Photographer —
Anthony Bourasseau is a self-taught French travel photographer, a humanitarian and public health pharmacist. His interest and passion in photography was triggered following a rich encounter with diverse people and cultures during a round-the-world trip in 2007 and 2008. Over time, Anthony Bourasseau has developed a photographic language that captures the daily life of people in colorful and moving images. Curious by nature, this visual adventurer has traveled to more than sixty countries in the world using the streets and the countryside paths as a living and fascinating studio.
— MC, Crafting Kenya Trivia Nights —
As Crafting Kenya trivia nights’ MC, David kept attendees engaged and in stitches.
— Marketing Volunteer —
Kathure knocked on Crafting Kenya’s door asking if she could help with marketing and communications. We said yes and she proceeded to publicize Crafting Kenya trivia nights in Nairobi, and to help to coordinate events.
Melissa Cabrera Santos
— Graphic Design Volunteer —
Originally from Peru, Melissa was with Crafting Kenya from the beginning, helping with Graphic Design.
— Operations Volunteer —
When Wanja announced her plans to launch Crafting Kenya, Hilda immediately offered to help. Hilda went on to lead the planning in Kenya and to coordinate the Crafting Kenya trivia nights to raise additional funds for the project. After Crafting Kenya’s official launch, Hilda coordinated site visits, tickets and accommodation. Hilda also managed Crafting Kenya’s finances throughout the project.
— Social Media Volunteer —
A lover of all things social media, Kendi stepped in to manage Crafting Kenya’s social media platforms during our crowdfunding campaigns.
— Events Volunteer —
This adventure traveler and marathoner momentarily put adventure on the backseat and redirected her energy towards making our trivia nights a success. Shiku earned herself a reputation for fearlessly knocking on sponsors’ doors to ask for gifts for Crafting Kenya trivia night winners.
— Events Volunteer —
Kajuju’s love for people was a real asset in her role as Crafting Kenya’s Events Volunteer. From the first Crafting Kenya trivia night, people in Kajuju’s immediate and extended networks came out to support Crafting Kenya, and thereafter reached out to us with additional support and ideas for growing Crafting Kenya.
— Fundraising Volunteer —
This Montana native was the first person to hear about the Crafting Kenya concept. He loved the idea so much that he joined Wanja in launching and coordinating Crafting Kenya’s crowdfunding campaign.