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Kazuri Beads

Nancy spent the day at a bead show so I thought it would be a good day to post images taken at the Kazuri Bead factory. This was the one place Nancy specifically wanted to visit while we were in Africa. It turned out to be easy to accomplish as our guide’s home was about 500 meters away from the factory. Kazuri Beads was started in 1975 on what was once the Karen Blixen coffee plantation just outside of Nairobi. It started with just 2 disadvantaged women making the beads. In 1988 it expanded to a full factory with 120 employees. Today it has serves as a help center for over 300 needy women, especially single mothers. The beads are hand-made and painted before firing in the kilns.  They are then either made into finished jewelry or exported as individual beads. Kazuri means “small and beautiful” in Swahili.

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