Kazuri Factory – Ceramic Beads Jewelry & Pottery is located in Karen Green, Langata Road, Karen. Kazuri, which means “small and beautiful” in Swahili, began in 1975 as a tiny workshop experimenting with hand-crafted ceramic beads. The factory is located 25 minutes drive from the City Centre of Nairobi in what used to be part of the Karen Blixen Estate (of the Academy Award-winning film “Out of Africa” fame). The mission of the factory is to provide sustainable jobs to the local woman of Nairobi and contribute to the fair trade market. The factory is located close to the Karen Blixen Museum, Giraffe Center, Daphne Sheldrick Animal Orphanage, and the Nairobi National Park.
Kazuri Factory – Ceramic Beads Jewelry & Pottery produces brightly-colored, handmade ceramic jewelry which is sold all over the world. Kazuri Beads supports literally hundreds of disadvantaged Kenyan women, by providing employment and healthcare services for them and their families.
Kazuri Beads is a popular place for many guests who have just a few hours to spend seeing the sights of Nairobi. The main showroom and workshop are located close to many attractions and tourist venues in the leafy suburbs of Karen.
Some of these attractions include Karen Village, Karen Blixen Museum, Oloolua Nature Trail, Mamba Village Centre, Ngong Road Forest Sanctuary, The Waterfront Mall, Galleria Mall, Langata Link Shops, Utamaduni Craft Centre, The Giraffe Centre, David Sheldrick Elephant and Rhino Nursery and Bomas of Kenya.
Kazuri means “small and beautiful” in Swahili and this describes each and every beautifully handmade ceramic bead which is shaped by hand by the women who work at the Kazuri workshop. The beads are kiln fired once, glazed, and then fired again before being strung.
Kazuri Beads Workshop Tours
A visit to the Kazuri Beads workshop and craft centre takes approximately one hour and here you will see the various processes. A knowledgeable guide will show you around where you will see the whole process from the molding of raw clay through to the glazing, decorating, and threading of beads as finished products.
The salesroom is attractively laid out and a beautiful place to visit.
The History of Kazuri Beads:
The company was originally founded by the late Lady Susan Wood in 1975, who created employment for struggling single mothers in the locality. Kazuri is still located in its original setting in Karen, and the workshop has over 30 local women who are employed, most of them still being single mothers.
Care and welfare of Kazuri employees:
It’s good to know that each piece of jewelry sold from the Kazuri Beads store is in some way helping people who really need it. The Kazuri workshop in Karen is equipped with a clinic, which provides free medical care for the employees.
80% of the medical bills outside the Factory Clinic are also absorbed by Kazuri. In their mission statement, Kazuri says that “the greatest contribution we can make is to create employment, especially for the disadvantaged and this remains our guiding philosophy. The result is reflected in the strength of the Kazuri Family and the beauty of our products.”
Kazuri Beads Outlets:
Kazuri has outlets at various places around Nairobi and a worldwide distribution network. They are a fair trade company and you can buy its jewelry online. In addition to the main sales room and workshop in Karen, retail stores selling Kazuri beads in Nairobi are found in the Westgate Shopping Centre, Viking House (by Westlands roundabout), The Junction Shopping Centre, and Capital Centre.
At the coast, Kazuri has an outlet at the Diani Shopping Centre on the South Coast of Mombasa. They also have an outlet at Bombululu Workshops (www.apdkbombolulu.org) at the North Coast of Mombasa. The profits from this outlet support their mission of assisting the physically disabled in our society.
Kazuri also supports the Kawangware street children project by purchasing paper shopping bags made from recycled paper.
Kazuri Beads Opening Hours
Kazuri Beads Factory and Pottery Centre
Kazuri Beads Shop’s opening hours are as follows:
* Sundays from 0900 Hours to 1600 Hours
* Mondays to Saturdays from 0830 Hours am to 1800 Hours
* Karen Workshop which closes Monday to Saturday at 6.00 pm and Sundays at 5.00 pm
Kazuri Beads Factory & Pottery Centre Tours
Kazuri Beads Factory and Pottery Centre Day Tour
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Request for Rates
* Pickup and drop off at your hotel in Nairobi
* Visit Kazuri Beads in Langata, Karen District Nairobi, Kenya
* Professional English-speaking African Spice Safaris Driver Guide
* Kazuri Beads Factory/Workshop and Pottery Centre Tour of Nairobi depart daily and can be combined with a visit to Karen Blixen Museum, Utamaduni Crafts Centre, and the Giraffe Centre at an additional cost