Kazuri: Hand-Crafted Pottery and Ceramic Beads

Nairobi, Kenya

Kazuri, means “small and beautiful” in Swahili. This workshop in Nairobi, Kenya began experimenting in hand-crafted ceramic beads in 1975. Its founder started with two single motherhood women and soon discovered that there were many others in the villages around Nairobi, most of whom were disadvantaged and in need of regular employment. Today, Kazuri has grown to a large workforce of over 340 women skilled in the crafting of ceramic beads for beautiful jewelry and hand-crafted pottery. Visitors can watch the production of the beads and make purchases in the gift shop.

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