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Mneti Huru:  Socially Conscious Furniture

Article by Maureen Kasuku
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Posted: August 26, 2020

Every year, thousands of prisoners are released from Kenya’s prisons and they struggle to reintegrate into society. Threat and suspicion follows them everywhere. According to research done at Kenyatta University, recidivism amongst ex-convicts in the country is at 47% with approximately two-thirds of ex-prisoners being rearrested within three years of release.

It’s clear that there’s not enough support to help ex-prisoners stay out of the correctional system. Many relapse into crime because they lack societal support post incarceration and many struggle financially which leads them to commit crimes to survive.

This is what Mneti Huru seeks to overturn. Mneti-Huru is a community based  empowerment organisation based in Kawangware in Nairobi consisting of skilled carpenters who were formerly incarcerated at different Kenyan prisons for years. Mneti Huru offers economic and psychosocial support by reintegrating ex-prisoners back into society. 

Mneti Huru builds sustainable, durable furniture from local wood. With just a handful of carpenters, this small start-up  doesn’t have much of a presence in bustling Kawangware. But what it lacks in scale,  Mneti Huru makes up for with its impact on individual lives. It is in the business of second chances. “These people deserve to be working and to get a second chance.”Says founder and coordinator Njuguna Kariuki.

Mneti Huru’s carpenters are skilled in creating bespoke pieces for your home or business. From Pallet outdoor furniture, King sized beds, Consoles, Book shelves, the whole shebang! And their prices are fair too.

Supporting this socially conscious furniture business will go a long way in preventing recidivism and giving more ex-prisoners a second chance at life. Call 0726 829457 to make an order or arrange a visit to their workshop.

 

About the author

Maureen Kasuku

Maureen is our resident cat lady and Beyoncé stan. She writes about spas, brunch and ballet recitals but has never been to any. Moonlights as a social justice activist in her spare time. She knows things and is obnoxiously opinionated on the internet but not in real life

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