I hope you'll have time to visit the inspirational web site about Kazuri beads: http://www.kazuribeadsusa.com/story.php
In summary, back in 1975, a pioneering woman set up a fledging business making beads in a small shed in her back garden in Kenya. She started by hiring two disadvantaged women, and quickly realized that there were many more women in need of jobs. So Kazuri Beads was created and began its long and successful journey as a help
center for needy women of this region. Those most in need are hired to create unique and beautiful African beads and jewelry. The handcrafted beads are made with clay from the Mt Kenya area and are beautiful, as you can see from this image.
Kazuri, the Swahili word for 'small and beautiful' is now known worldwide for its hand-painted ceramic jewelry. They offer a kaleidoscope of beads that shine with African colors distinctive Kenyan art. We chose one most special necklace of Kazuri beads to feature at our Pinterest site 'Distinctive Handcrafted Jewelry': http://tinyurl.com/bbwm69w
We hope you'll join us and pin your favorite jewelry 'finds' at Pinterest along with us! In the meantime, we encourage you to watch the video on the Kazuri web site. It's lovely and uplifting.
And don't forget to check out our own special African beads at our Etsy site: http://tinyurl.com/bedagn4