2018 - DEPOP & THE LONDON MARATHON 

Whilst I was living in Nairobi, I signed up to run the London Marathon 2018 for ‘Save the Rhino International’. My random, sudden appetite to run a 26.2 mile race came because I was eager to raise money and support African wildlife conservation. Once my spot was confirmed, before I could even think about the fact that I had to run a 26.2 mile race, I had been set a fundraising target of £2,000.

 In come the accessories. Whilst in Kenya, I visited the Maasai Market. I saw an extensive, beautiful range of delicate, colourful, beaded jewellery that was all hand crafted by women living in Nairobi. I purchased a mix of earrings, headbands and necklaces to sell back in the UK with 100% going towards my marathon fundraising. I used the app ‘Depop’ for this and called my profile ‘Rhino Beads’. Within a few months I sold everything and my worldwide Depop ranking went to 158th.

In April 2018, I completed the London Marathon. It was 24 degrees; I cried, I sweated and I finished with the best drink of my life. I raised a total of £2,100 and Save the Rhino reached a massive £130,000! Why stop here though? I thought 'Rhino Beads' could be built upon. 

 

 

 

 

2018 - I MEET ANNE

After some research and digging, I was put in contact with Anne. Anne runs a small female business in Nairobi, Kenya creating and selling Maasai, beaded items. She has her own stall on the outside of the city in an area called Karen. After talking to her, visiting her workshop and meeting the makers, Anne soon became Rhimani’s head supplier.
 

Today Anne is still our leading supplier. We regularly visit Anne’s clean and comfortable workshop and meet the happy women who hand craft Rhimani’s items. Her small business remains the most important and most valued part of Rhimani. 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 - present, SUPPORTING CONSERVATION & EDUCATION

Rhimani today supports conservation and education in Kenya. A portion of each and every purchase is put aside and we donate at LEAST 10% of our makings towards charities that focus on deprived communities in Kenya, and critical areas of African wildlife conservation. 

This is Rhimani’s way of giving back to the culture and communities with which our items are handmade and sourced. ‘Each month, a different charity’.

To date Rhimani has raised a huge £9,000, supporting a diverse mix of conservation and education charities. Our biggest sum being £4,000 which we raised for ‘Save The Rhino’. Each month we write a blog about our chosen charity and inform you exactly where this money goes and what impact it has had. Please find all this info about chosen charities here, 

https://rhimaniuk.tumblr.com/

 

Love,
Izzy x

 

 

 

 

That's how it started, now we haven't stopped.

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