Kazuri beads

For over thirty years Kazuri has been a lifeline for economically disenfranchised women in Kenya. Nestled in a quiet suburb in Nairobi, this modest facility is the workplace for three hundred and forty women who have acquired the skill of molding clay into jewelry and various artifacts. Their handiwork is exported to different parts of the world and the proceeds are used to cover their salary and provide health care for their families.

This inspiring workshop was started in 1970 when Susan Wood, a Kenyan born British woman, invited a Kenyan woman from a neighbouring village to help her craft beads out of clay. This woman in turn invited other women she knew to join the initiative. In a few short years, this small-scale project blossomed into a reputable business and a hotspot for international tourists. During a 2011 visit to Kenya, I toured the facility and met women like Teresa who have been empowered economically and socially by her work at Kazuri. Listen to Teresa’s story http://youtu.be/hZDRC0S_1X0

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