Part of the Global Village concept of products created by local craftspeople to support local economies, Kazuri’s hand-painted, ceramic jewelry is made in Nairobi, Kenya. “Kazuri” is the Swahili word for “small and beautiful.”
Founded by Lady Susan Wood in 1975, by teaching two women the painstaking process of making ceramic beads using clay taken from near the base of Mt. Kenya. The company now employs more than 350 women, providing good salaries, excellent working conditions and a sense of self-sufficiency in a country where financial security for women is rare.
The women earn enough to pay for their children’s education in a positive environment that includes an on-site clinic, educational seminars and access to a savings and loan to help them achieve goals such as buying housing, land and cattle.
Every bead used to make neclaces, bracelets and earrings is shaped by hand without using molds or forms before being polished, kiln-fired, painted and fired again before being strung. Kazuri designs are created to work with fashions around the world. As word of the company inspires success, a growth plan is already in place — at least 20 women are constantly in training to be ready for full-time employment as demand warrants.
Kazuri is available in the Diana Warner Studio at AmericasMart Atlanta (Bldg. 3, 8-E109B), or additional information is available at www.kazuriunlimited.com.