Kazuri Beads Factory in Nairobi
In Swahili, Kazuri means small and beautiful and their story is truly beautiful. In 1975, the founder, Susan Wood, created the project as a small workshop experimenting with hand crafted ceramic beads. It started with two single mothers and Susan soon discovered that there were many others in the villages around Nairobi, most of who were disadvantaged and were in great need of regular employment. Today Kazuri employs over 340 women skilled in the crafting of ceramic beads, strung into beautiful pieces of jewelry, each piece, like the beads, is handmade and hand painted in rich colors. Kazuri is now sold in many countries around the world and it was fascinating to see their order lists on the wall for America, Canada, Australia and so on.
Kazuri is located in Karen and is a must see when in Nairobi. If you’re in the area it’s less than a 5 min drive to get to a few places; Karen Blixen museum is right there, as well as Karen Blixen coffee garden and Kazuri.
Once we arrived at Kazuri we were greeted by the manager on site and offered a complimentary tour of the factory which we gladly accepted. He walked us through all the different areas of the beads production all the while telling us the story of Kazuri from its beginnings to today. We were so happy to learn so much and we were so eager to shop for some souvenirs with such a beautiful story. If the ceramic jewelry isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other options to choose from. We bought coffee cups, small milk pot, ceramic keychains, adorable giraffe etc. You will find something you like and you will support an incredible entrepreneurship when you do.