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Kenyan Jewelry


Kenyan woman, Janet, is helped by crafting this jewelry. The artisan group that makes our Kenyan beaded jewelry is located in the Kasarani area of Nairobi, with some of the group members living in the Mathare slums. These are some of the largest and poorest slums in Africa, and are home to about half a million adults and children. Over 70% are hardworking mothers and their children whose fathers died or abandoned their family.

The group has given many men and women a new chance at life. Janet, pictured here, is one such woman. She hails from a very remote area of Nyanza Province near the boarder of Kenya and Uganda. Both of her parents passed away in 2003. She was forced to drop out of school and was then taken by a relative to Nairobi with an aim of helping her continue her education. Unfortunately those promises were not fulfilled and the relative decided to use her as a house maid.

Janet was required to work from very early in the morning until very late in the evening and was "paid" only with food and shelter. She was often subjected to beatings or denied food if she failed to accomplish her given tasks.

When she visited the local church, her story was told by a member and people were asked to assist the girl in any way. The founder of the artisan group, Isaac and his partner Florence, volunteered to assist her with temporary shelter. It was during this time that the group realized that she had a talent for sewing and using her hands, so she was introduced to bead working.

After just a few months, she became very knowledgeable and has become one of the workshop designers. She can now meet some of her basic needs, and although her education was not continued, she is ensuring a better fate for her siblings by sending them to school.


Kenyan Massai necklace.

Masai Multi-strand Bead Necklace
$38.00
closeup of the Czech beads in this Kenyan necklace.

This Masai Necklace is handmade made from Czech Glass beads and a large piece of a natural resin called "copel", which sits at about the top of the chest. There's a brass spring circle clasp in back. This Masai Necklace will also be available in black.
(Sorry - out of stock)



Coconut, Rubber and Copel Choker
$50.00


This stunning earth-toned Kenyan choker necklace is crafted from rubber discs with coconut shells and copel resin. There's a brass S-clasp at the back.

It is also available in a blue/green color combination for sea colors.
(Sorry - the sea tones and earth tones necklaces are out of stock.)

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Purple multi-strand glass bead necklace from Kenya, Africa.

Multi-strand Glass Bead Necklace - Purple
$38.00

A variety of different colored beads add additional interest to this classic necklace design.



CLV-EAR-21-R and CLV-EAR-22-R.

(left pair)
Larger Ball Earrings     $12.00
CLV-EAR-22-R


(right pair)
Ball and Brass Swirl Earrings     $14.00
CLV-EAR-21-R-SWRL
The ball is about 1" in diameter.
(Sorry - out of stock.)



Yellow oblong earrings.

Oblong Earrings     $14.00
Shown in Yellow (CLV-EAR-28-Y-O).
(Sorry - out of stock.)


Also available in Red (CLV-EAR-21-R-O)
(Sorry - out of stock.)



Oblong Earrings with a Swirl
(Sorry - the earrings mentioned below are out of stock.)
The oblong earrings above are also available for $14.00
with a swirl on the bottom in
either Yellow (CLV-EAR-28-Y-O-SWRL)

or Red (CLV-EAR-21-R-O-SWRL)



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