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The Kazuri Story
In 1975, Lady Susan Wood set up a fledgling business making beads in a small shed in her back garden. She started by hiring two disadvantaged women, and quickly realized there were many more women in need of jobs and so Kazuri Beads (Swahili for small and beautiful) was created outside Nairobi, Kenya on the former coffee plantation of Karen Bilxin (out of Africa fame). In 1988, Kazuri became a workshop and expanded to over 120 women and men. Today, it continues its long and successful journey as a help center for over 300 needy women, especially single mothers who have no other source of income.
Here women are trained and apply their skills to produce these unique and beautiful beads and jewelry. The beads are made from the clay from the Mt. Kenya are thus giving them authenticity to their craft. The workshops acts as a social gathering place with the hum of voices continuing throughout the day. With unemployment so high, one jobholder often provides for an "extended family" of 20 or more. Kazuri is a member of the Fair Trade Act. Kazuri's beautifully finished beads and jewelry are made to an international standard and sold worldwide. These standards are maintained through high training standards and highly motivated management team.