Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Kazuri ceramic beads are from Nairobi, Kenya. Each bead is shaped individually by hand without the aide of molds, forms, or any modern machinery. The beads are painted with high gloss paint, then glazed & fired to produce a smooth, shiny decorated product that is very durable. Kazuri is Swahili for "small and beautiful".
Kazuri Ltd. is a member of the Fair Trade Federation. Kazuri pays it employees three and a half times the national wage in Kenya plus providing free health care and day care. With staggering unemployment rates, one job holder often supports up to 20 members of their extended families.