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Kazuri Beads USA

Kazuri Beads in a bowl

Kazuri Beads USA is the North American distribution headquarters for Kazuri handmade clay beads covering the USA, Canada and Mexico. Buying these beads enhances the lives of disadvantaged families of the Kikuyu tribe in Kenya and helps in promoting fair trade in Africa.

Kazuri Video

A wonderful video of women singing in the Kazuri Workshops - Footage for this video was provided by Kazuri visitor P. Lynn Ouellette, M.D.

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Global Colors has produced a great video about Kazuri showing the Kazuri estate, the Kazuri factory and the women that make the clay beads

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The Kazuri Story

In 1975, Lady Susan Wood set up a fledging business making beads in a small shed in her back garden. She started by hiring two disadvantaged women, and quickly realized that there were many more women who were in need of jobs and so Kazuri Beads was created and began its long and successful journey as a help center for the needy women especially single mothers who had no other source of income.

In 1988 Kazuri became a factory and expanded hugely with over 120 women and men. Here women are trained and apply their skills to produce these unique and beautiful beads and jewelry. The beads are made with clay from the Mt Kenya area thus giving them authenticity to their craft. The factory acts as a social gathering with the hum of voices continuing throughout the day. With unemployment so high, one jobholder often ends up providing for an "extended family" of 20 or more.

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