In Nairobi and not sure how to spend your free day in Nairobi?
The Kazuri Bead Factory is located in Karen and specializes in handmade jewelry, as well as pottery ware that reflects the culture and wildlife of Kenya. Their mission is to provide and sustain employment opportunities for disadvantaged members of the Kenyan Society. They employ over 400 women, mostly single mothers. They produce over 5 million beads a year
They export to over 30 countries worldwide and are a member of The World Fair Trade Organization
Kazuri, which means “small and beautiful” in Swahili, began in 1975 as a tiny workshop experimenting in hand crafted ceramic beads.
Its founder started with two single motherhood women and soon discovered that there were many others in the villages around Nairobi, most of who were disadvantaged and were in great need of regular employment.
Today Kazuri has grown tremendously and now has a large workforce of over 340 women skilled in the crafting of ceramic beads, strung into beautifully and artistically jewelry.
The flair has taken us to a different dimension of making our own unique range of pottery which reflects the culture and wildlife of Kenya. Each piece, like our beads, is handmade and hand painted in rich colors