Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Kazuri Beads - Women Helping Women

It’s easy to forget about the struggles currently happening to women around the world in disadvantaged countries. As much as media exposure is needed to inform and educate the general public on civil rights violations and economic hardships around the world, a tangible, impactful change is needed. This is where Kazuri Beads comes in and it’s why we’re so proud to provide their beautiful, ceramic beads and bead jewelry components to our customers. Let us share some of their story with you.

Lady Susan Wood, having spent much of her childhood in Africa due to her parents’ time as missionaries, returned with her husband to the continent and Kenya specifically in the late 1940s to begin a lifelong quest to help better the lives of Kenyans. Their efforts, which began as a coffee plantation and medical research foundations, eventually morphed into what is known today as Kazuri Beads.

Kazuri Beads began in the 1970s when Mrs. Wood hired disadvantaged women to help her make beads in her Kenyan home. Realizing there were thousands of women just like her employees, she began work to expand her business and employ as many disadvantaged women and men as possible. The Kazuri Beads factory provided both a social hub for its employees and a means to develop craftsmanship and life skills that could be applied to the work at hand. With so few opportunities for work, the workers were truly able to provide for themselves and their families for the first time in their lives.

Today, Kazuri Beads emphasizes spreading awareness for the need to provide safe, fair-paying jobs for the disadvantaged citizens of Kenya, and shares the beautiful and vast culture of the country through the bright, colorful, and unique beads produced by the factory’s workers.

Through your purchase of Kazuri beads found online at Antelope Beads, you are directly affecting the livelihood of the people of Kenya. Furthermore, you are strengthening global awareness that women of all cultures, ethnicities, colors, and countries deserve equality, respect, and the opportunity to better themselves as human beings. The mountain to climb is large, but we can do it together and change this world with people like you! 

Antelope Beads is an online retailer of fine, fair trade, artisan beads and bead jewelry components. Carrying a large array of beads from designers like Dorabeth Designs and human aid businesses like Kazuri Beads, you’re sure to find all the unique jewelry components you need to create beautiful, original jewelry and lend a hand in changing the world one bead at a time!