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Kazuri Beads Factory
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“Great outing”
Reviewed 29 March 2012

Impressive operation with huge selection to choose from after youve been on the tour!

Visited May 2011
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“Interesting concept”
Reviewed 18 March 2012

The Kazuri Bead Factory was started in 1975, when Lady Susan Wood set up a fledging business making beads in a small shed in her back garden. She started by hiring two disadvantaged women. Today it has a work force of approximately 350 women, who when they are hired are single mothers (though if they later marry they are allowed to stay on). The company provides health care for the women and their children, as well as a stable source of income for the women. With unemployment so high, one jobholder often ends up providing for an "extended family" of 20 or more. They work a regular "Western" work day of 8 hours, and they work 4 hours on Saturday.

Philip took us on a tour of the factory. Each bead is hand made, shaped from local clay. Once it is fired, it is given a base coat of paint, fired again, and then the decoration is painted on. A final firing completes the beads. Another section of the factory makes the beads into earrings and necklaces. The company has expanded into pottery, with bowls, mugs and other items hand crafted on potter's wheels.

There is a factory store on site where you can purchase necklaces, earrings, and other items at very reasonable prices. Buying from the store supports the workers in the factory, their families, and the local community.

Visited March 2012
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Spokane, Washington
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“Shop for a cause”
Reviewed 18 March 2012

Kazuri's beads are all handmade and strung by local women, creating a cottage industry for single mothers who would probably not otherwise be employed. Bead selection is amazing, every color in the rainbow. At $10 a necklace, also very reasonably priced.

Visited February 2012
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Cairns, Australia
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“A must see!!!”
Reviewed 13 March 2012

This place was amazing. The tour showing us the process from the clay mix to the final item was fascinating. Each and every bead is formed by hand once the mix is ready, then hand painted etc. The scheme was started to help the women of the area and the end results are just stunning. A must see!!

Visited February 2012
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Santa Monica, California
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“So many beads- so little time”
Reviewed 10 March 2012

I couldn't chose - so bought a lot. Fortunately the earrings are inexpensive but lovely . The factory employs single mothers - and has for over 30 years! so one feels good to purchase these items. On return to US I have happily worn and given these pretty items. This is important since often souenirs look sad on return home. My daughter is still in Nairobi and I have asked for more beads! They are so versatile.
What was especially welcoming was that the tours had actually ended when we arrived but a kind guard gave us a mini tour- quite sufficient to get the idea of the remarkable work accomplished there

Visited January 2012
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