The Artisan Series: Tom Omondi


It is then that he deliberately inclined towards moulding metal (specifically brass and aluminium). While learning pottery, however, he gained a lot of useful skills that he would later need when casting brass and aluminium.

 

Omondi was focused from the get go. He started Nyagwang’s Casting Workshop in 2011, immediately after school. Having a heart for eradicating poverty by creating employment was his motivation. He has ten employees on permanent terms and three on part time basis. Also, he takes much joy in training young people in casting and moulding brass and aluminium. At the moment, Omondi runs a successful casting and moulding business.

 

With great success comes great responsibility. A saying Omondi takes very seriously. Other than his two children he has been able to make education possible for three children who would otherwise find education out of reach. Two in high school, and one in college. Such nobility, considering this is his only source of income, also being bread winner of his family.


 

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Equipment used for casting includes; bench drills, smoothing machines, furnace burners, and polishing machines. With these, scrap metal is turned into fine fashionable jewellery.

 

Nyagwang’s Casting Workshop has over the years grown its clientele locally. Of its major clients is BawaHope with whom they have an amicable relationship with. The partnership started in early 2013, shortly after Omondi had registered his workshop as a business. Since then, he narrates, they have been playing a major role in sustaining the workshop, as they are quite the constant client.

In five years, Omondi is looking to expand his workshop by acquiring new equipment and seeking new clients. This he says will enable him to create more employment and formulate ways of training more people at a time.

 

As BawaHope, we are truly grateful to Nyagwag’s Casting Workshop and we are committed in supporting the growth of the business and its visions realized.

 

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