In 1975, Lady Susan Wood set up a small business making beads in a shed in her garden in Nairobi. It was her vision to create livelihoods for disadvantaged women in her community. More than 40 years later, Kazuri Beads has grown to more than 300 employees and sells beautiful, handmade beads around the world. Let's walk through the entire bead-making process from clay-pressing to hand-rolling, to painting, firing and stringing, inside of Lady Wood's visionary women's factory.
I have been working at Kazuri Beads for many years, and share with visitors the story of this factory, from clay to finish. I am a guide, an educator, and an advocate for our employees-- more than 300 single mothers making livelihoods and accessing healthcare through Kazuri Beads. Learn more about us at: https://www.kazuribeadsusa.com/story.php
In Swahili, the word "kazuri" means small and beautiful. What are things of beauty? They are not only colorful beads, but also the things we do for one another, acts of kindness, and seeing the potential in people around us.