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Kazuri means "small and beautiful" in Swahili. The Kazuri factory started in 1975 as a tiny workshop founded by two Kenyan women, who soon discovered that there were many other women in the villages around Nairobi, most of whom were single mothers, who were in great need of regular employment. Driven by the desire to provide opportunities for these women, Kazuri has grown and today has a large workforce skilled in the creation of handmade ceramics. 

The Kazuri workshop in Karen, Kenya employs more than 340 women, mostly single mothers. It is equipped with a clinic, providing free medical care for employees and their families. Kazuri also covers 80% of medical expenses for treatment received outside their own clinic. 

Kazuri is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization. Kade is proud to use Kazuri beads in several of our designs.