A combination of Passion and talent yields wonders out of human beings. This is shown in the case of one James Mbugua Ngang’a who earns a living from weaving different items using ‘banana tree barks’.
The 26 year old have been undertaking other manual jobs at his home area, which did not have enough income before his uncle trained him on this job. He explains how this art has employed him and though it has not reached its peak, he believes that it is going places.
Out of banana barks Mbugua makes items like table mats, glass holders, photo frames, lampshades, tissue holders to name but a few. He combines the bark with a type of grass called jack grass.
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It says that the liquid extract of banana tree bark is a remedy for urinary disorder; digestive disorder and can help to clear the arteries and reduce blood cholesterol. Mbugua came across this book and recognized that the value of any raw material is dependent on the perception the user has on it.
He is currently working in a small rented shop where he takes the banana barks and weaves them to different stuff. Mostly he gets his raw materials from banana farmers in a place called Gathanga. Mbugua dreams of employing people someday but for now he hasn’t since the business has not yet grown to that level. “I at times sought help from a friend when I have a big order to deliver, but its not employing them fully,” he said.
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The Indian goddess Nanda Devi, the goddess of bliss, is carved from the bark. The Bengalis strew pieces of the bark during religious ceremonies commemorating the goddess Durga.
Mbugua has gone beyond the health and religious use of the bark and showed how it can bring out artistic work perfectly.
From his work, Mbugua gets just enough to put a meal on the table since he deals with brokers. He has a vision to one day own a curio shop and a workshop to help him expand his job and be more independent on his sales.
“The market is not first-rate since I majorly deal with brokers who buy my products cheaply at times and sell them at very high prices. I would like to have a direct market which will increase my income both locally and internationally,” Mbugua said.
The young father to one baby boy expresses his desire to see his family living a better life than they are doing now and he has a lot of hope in his job.
“I believe I don’t have to be employed to make it in life and since I did not go to college, securing a job in our country would be tricky,” he said
Mbugua went to Kibiku primary, then Kibiku secondary in Kabete County but he did not go to college due to lack of fees: he is married and a father of one