A few years ago we took a trip to Africa and while there learned about a wonderful initiative, called KAZURI, which we were very eager to support.
KAZURI, which means “small and beautiful” in Swahili, began in 1975 as a tiny workshop experimenting on making handmade beads. The factory is located in what used to be part of the Karen Blixen Estate (of the Academy Award winning film “Out of Africa” fame.) The founder, Lady Susan Wood, started the initiative to employ Women, most of whom are single mothers and are in need of regular gainful employment to support their families.
We love how this initiative allows for gainful employment and creates opportunities for people in Kenya, while reflecting the unique culture of the area. We came back with a number of pieces of Jewelry, some of which we will picture here and can be found on our shop site. We are very glad to have supported the KAZURI initiative and to also be able to bring attention to it!