Kazuri, which means “small and beautiful” in Swahili, began in 1975 as a tiny workshop experimenting on making handmade beads. The factory is located in what used to be part of the Karen Blixen Estate (of the Academy Award winning film “Out of Africa”) fame. They started with two Kenyan women and soon discovered that there were many other women in the villages around Nairobi, most of whom were single mothers and in great need of regular employment. Driven by the desire to provide such opportunities, Kazuri has grown and today has a workforce  of almost 350 women skilled in the making of handmade jewelry.

They have further applied their knowledge of ceramics and the artistic flair that has made their necklaces so attractive, in the design and production of their own unique range of pottery-ware, which reflects the culture and wildlife of Kenya. Each piece, like their beads, is hand made and hand painted in rich colors. Their product range is extensive from individual collector pieces to dinnerware.