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Kazuri Beads Factory

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Address: Mbagathi Ridge, Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
Phone Number: 20 2328905
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Very ordinary; machine made!

Although there is a tremendous selection of beds of every color and type; they are very ordinary and not the native crafts typically found in other shops and markets.

2 of 5 starsReviewed February 3, 2012
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2012

Although there is a tremendous selection of beds of every color and type; they are very ordinary and not the native crafts typically found in other shops and markets.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

very creative and good deed to the society. artistic

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Nanyuki, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2012

Kazuri (swahili for small and beautiful) beads found on women around the world have a humble beginning at a small establishment in Karen, Nairobi. The "factory" provides employment to about 300 workers, many of whom are single mothers. The product, stunning handmade jewellery and an increasingly diverse line of pottery. Tour the factory and watch the development of richly coloured... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2012

It was interesting to see how the beads were all made by hand. The manufacturing is all done by single mothers who needed support. Beautiful jewellery for sale.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

It ticks all the boxes, worthwhile enterprise, great products, interesting tour, meet the people, super ladies gifts

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012

The factory in Karen is a great stop, since you can watch bead creation from start to finish and see the beads made into a variety of jewelry--necklaces, bracelets, earrings, etc. And don't miss the lovely pottery available, too!

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Elizabeth City, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2012

This factory is wonderful. Not only does it produce quality, one-of-a-kind glass beads, but it also provides work for many, many women in a country where employment for women is not so easy to find. We loved the jewelry here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

If you visit it is well worth trying to go round the factory to see the beads being made.

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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2012

It was great seeing this cottage industry that has grown with time and appears to be well run. The beads are beautiful and I have several necklaces myself and bought a number of gifts too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

the drive to Kazuri is relaxing and beautiful, and the area of Karen is stunning. Kazuri only a 5 minute drive from Karen Blixen museum and giraffe center. The people and their mission is the best part - and plan on spending your dollars here where it benefits the people instead of the shopping malls.

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