To help mitigate the impact of new coronavirus on the local economy, Halal Safaris has started a #StayHome #TravelTomorrow campaign that asks future travelers to buy from local businesses and donate to charities in Lamu in exchange a 15% discount to travel anytime until end of 2021.

Check out the EcoSoko product list here.

Stay home and we’ll bring Lamu home to you through buying art from local artisans via our EcoSoko project to be eligible for a 15% off travel voucher. Donations and purchases must be above $20 and must be made by May 31, 2020. The travel vouchers are valid until Dec 2021. But the art from the product list here and claim your voucher by emailing us your receipt and payment confirmation at

Check our the EcoSoko page to see the arts on sale. Minimum orders start from $20 and exclude shipping. The partnering local art businesses are listed below.

Feel free to join us to make difference in the local community in any way you can. Contact us at for more information.

Isaiah Chepyatory

Instagram: @lamurecycle Twitter: @lamurecycle Facebook: @lamurecycle 

Isaiah repurposes and recycles drift wood and flip-flops to create beautiful fish art, frames and other arts and décor in Lamu. He manages a local gallery, Lamu Fish Recycle Art and Crafts, that houses several other local artists as well.

Nasir Bwanaali

Instagram: @swahilidecors Twitter: @swahilidecors Facebook: @swahilidecors

Nassir has been carving traditional Swahili wooden carved arts, crafts and furniture in Lamu since he was only a teenager. Nassir specializes in Islamic wooden calligraphy and does bespoke wooden Swahili furniture by order.

Khadija Bakari

Instagram: @ecosoko Twitter: @ecosoko Facebook:

Khadija and other women in her community group in Matondoni village weave baskets and mats from local trees. For now, her products are sold by EcoSoko until training can be done to help her get online.

Abu Abu

Instagram: @ecosoko Twitter: @ecosoko Facebook:

Abu has been recycling tin in Lamu to make beautiful frame arts, especially his popular maps of Africa. He can however make a variety of other beautiful design using tin. For now, his products are sold by EcoSoko until training can be done to help him get online.

Ali Lamu Facebook: @alilamu  Instagram: @alilamu_lamu

[Ali and his team at Ali Lamu make beautiful bags, art and décor from old dhow sailcloth known as “tanga” that come from all across the East African Coast. Wind, sun, rain and seawater and many years on the Indian Ocean have weathered these tangas into real pieces of art. They also recycle ropes, shells, bottle tops and other trash to combine with the tanga to make beautiful art.