Dignity Designs

 Dignity Designs is a Fair Trade business that employs each one of the mothers with children in the Heshima Children's Center located in Nairobi, Kenya. While their children attend Heshima for therapy, the mothers come next door to the Dignity Designs workshop to create beautiful products. All our products are made from African materials. For our jewelry we use West African trade beads, cow bone beads, recycled brass beads, and ostrich egg shell beads. For our textile products we use bright, bold African fabric. Each mother receives a monthly salary and help with health care for herself and her child. Dignity Designs is a place where these mothers feel love, security and dignity.


Heshima means “dignity” in Swahili. Most children with special needs in Kenya live a life that is undignified and full of broken dreams. We at Heshima believe that Jesus Christ has a special purpose filled with dignity for children with special needs. The Heshima Foundation believes that all human beings are made in the image of God, regardless of their outward appearance. Genesis 1:27 says “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him, male and female, He created them.”