Kazuri Jewellery – Shopping with a conscience!

Kazuri Jewellery – Shopping with a conscience!

Oomama members have hosted several successful Kazuri jewellery events showcasing beautiful ceramic necklaces, bracelets and earrings handcrafted by women in Kenya in a fair trade workshop. Over the span of nine years, Kazuri Jewellery: The Grandmother Connection (KJGC), has contributed almost $800,000 to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.  We have Gay Coates, former member of Oomama, and managing partner of KJGC, to thank for introducing us to this wonderful fundraising initiative! 

Kazuri, which mean “small and beautiful” in Swahili, began in 1975 as a tiny workshop experimenting in handcrafted ceramic beads.  Its founder started working with two single mothers and soon she discovered that many other disadvantaged women in the villages were in great need of regular employment. Kazuri has employed over 340 women skilled in the crafting and painting of ceramic beads, strung into artistically crafted jewellery.