So I had this post all drafted and loaded awhile ago and then Weebly crashed on me and deleted the first half of it, and now I cannot recall what I wrote. So I will give you the gist.
We had loads of time to kill on our way to the airport on our final day in Kenya, so we stopped at Kazuri Beads. It was started in 1973 by an English woman who knew 2 Kenyan women who needed jobs. She taught them to make jewelry and they launched a shop. Soon she was training and employing quite a lot of the local women, and the reputation of Kazuri as a maker of quality beads grew and spread around the world.
That was 43 years ago. Today Kazuri trains and employs about 300 women. One of them, Elizabeth, is still there. We met her and she absolutely insisted I take her photo. I can’t describe the moment well enough; her commanding voice saying, “Take a photo!” and pointing to exactly where I should stand. Then came the sudden contrast from Boss Woman to sweet, huge smile. It was priceless.
Kazuri (it means “something small and beautiful”) now takes orders and ships bulk ceramic beads and completed jewelry all over the world. George was our tour guide and he showed us the entire process from raw clay to finished beaded pieces. It’s quite impressive. If you’re in Karen, I recommend a visit.
We are missionaries with Engineering Ministries International, based in Colorado Springs, and traveling around the globe to serve.
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