Nye Cottage is the Oregon Representative for Kazuri Beads from Kenya
Kazuri is a member of the World Fair Trade Federation (WFTO), an internationally recognized organization that authenticates fair wages and safe working conditions at production facilities worldwide. Lady Susan Wood founded Kazuri in Kenya. She was born in Africa in 1918, educated in England where she met and married surgeon, Michael Wood, returning to Kenya in 1947, where they founded the East African Flying Doctor Service and purchased a portion of the Karen Von Blixen estate, famous from the award winning movie “Out of Africa.” Dedicated to making a difference, Lady Susan set up a fledgling business to create jobs for single mothers who had no other source of income, and in 1975 Lady Susan and two women started making pottery in a small shed in the back garden. Kazuri became a factory in 1988, expanded, now employing more than 350 women, who produce unique and beautiful pottery, beads, and jewelry made with clay from the Mt. Kenya area. In addition to earning a living wage, allowing them to support extended families as large as 20, the women receive support with education, medical needs, and day care. Mark and Regina Newman bought Kazuri in 2001. They maintain its guiding philosophy, providing employment opportunities for disadvantaged members of Kenyan Society.
We have a wonderful inventory of Kazuri at Nye Cottage Beads.
The beads, pendants, and buttons come in an amazing array of colors and patterns, which are constantly changing. They can be used for jewelry, embellishment, fasteners, and much more. There is also a technique using cord and a “slide” for making necklaces and bracelets, where the only tool necessary is a pair of scissors! Though we do not sell on our website, we are glad to mail items to you. Call us at 541-265-6262 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.