Text and photos >> Bryan Jaybee
Victorious Bones Crafts, a bone processing plant that exports most of its goods to Europe, the Middle East, or North America, is one of the many businesses that thrive in Kibera. Much of the work done here involves being constantly surrounded by fine, white, bone-dust. Although the workers are very much aware that this might cause respiratory disorders, not so much is taken into consideration since they are used to the pollution around them. Some will work all day without any form of protection.
A portrait of Dennis Ojala, who has been a bone craftsman for seven years at Victorious Bones Crafts, a bone processing plant in Kibera.
A signboard at the entrance of Victorious Bones Crafts.
Workers at Victorious Bones Crafts.
Jared, a worker at Victorious Bones Crafts who specializes in working with brass metal to make fine bone and brass jewelry, takes a break to smoke a cigarette.
At the bone factory in Kibera, craftsmen are busy at work, each of them specializing in different artwork. The bones used are bought from the local meat markets and from the major slaughter house in Nairobi.
Bones cut into triangular shapes that will be used to make earrings. The process produces a lot of dust which is harmful to the lungs.
A portrait of Paul Were. At Victorious, jewelry and other household accessories are made from cow bone, camel bone, and wood; most items are for export to European, Middle Eastern, or North American markets.