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Working in row upon row of huts, the master craftsmen of the Akamba Handicraft Cooperative use their skills to come up with some amazing pieces of wood and stone ornamentation.

Paying for the wood they use - rosewood, neem and ebony, amongst others - they can spend up to three weeks carving an intricate piece of sculpture. Marked with their individual cooperative number, only if they then sell the piece, do they get paid for it. But with the unique items being of the high quality that they are, it cannot be long before they receive their money. This is then fed back into the cooperative for the purchase of more wood to ply their trade once again.

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