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“Fascinating place....beautiful jewelry” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kazuri Beads Factory

Kazuri Beads Factory
Mbagathi Ridge, Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
20 2328905
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“Fascinating place....beautiful jewelry”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

"Small and beautiful" aptly describes the Kazuri beads and the women who make them. I was fascinated by both the painstaking process of making the beads and the women themselves. This factory teaches women (mostly single mothers) a skill to help them support their children. We were able to speak and interact with them during the tour. Each bead is handmade, handpainted, fired and strung. I love my flat-bead necklace, as I can feel the finger imprint of the women who made each bead. I disagree with an earlier post that the prices in the shop are hefty. They are significantly less than the same product here in the States. I went online to shop for more and the price for one necklace is more than I paid in Kenya for 2 necklaces, 2 bracelets and a pair of earrings. At the factory shop, I wanted my necklace shortened and they cheerfully handled that for me at no additional cost. I definitely recommend a trip to this attraction. In fact, I would go again.

Visited July 2013
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“I wish I had bought more”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Kazuri Every Bead Has a Story .Kazuri which means "small and beautiful" in Swahilili began in 1975 as a tiny workshop.Each piece is handmade and painted.
It evolved from a need for the women to support their families and have social interaction
I attended the shop on a Sunday so was unable to see the actual process of making the jewellery but that does not detract from the amazing colours and designs of the jewellery on display for purchase.
I personally did not find the items expensive in that in my home country I would pay far more for the item.
It was very hard to decide what to buy and at the same time I am so disappointed that I did not buy more.
For crafty people who like to make their own you can purchase the beads.
You will not be disappointed by visiting this outlet and if tired of shopping stop under the tree have a tea and let the mischievous monkeys entertain you.

Visited September 2013
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“Interesting tour, with gouging prices for products”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

A visit to Kazuri Beads is quite interesting, watching the women work to make the products, and then seeing the process they go through to put the jewelry and other artifacts through to completion was nicely organized for a tour. Their mission seems to be really great too. Upon completion of the tour, you are directed to the gift shop, where you will pay a hefty sum for these products. While it's nice to support the local economy, it was surprising how high the prices were for these products.

Instead of visiting Kazuri, I'd make a trip to Kitengela glass studio instead. It's a funny little place with very interesting things scattered throughout several acres of land, in the middle of no-where, and with great prices for pieces. While it's not ceramic, it's a fun place to visit.

Visited October 2013
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“More than just a factory--A place of survival”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

My wife and I have visited Kazuri Beads numerous times, while we lived there and many times since, when we go back to visit. We take friends from the US with us, and they, without exception are "blown away" with what is being accomplished there. It is a workplace for women in need of employment because of their situations in life, and gives hope for them and their families--a means of survival. And for the women, it is a place where they not only work, but where they proudly create the most beautiful beads in the world. It is truly a place where visitors are not only educated but inspired as well.

Visited June 2013
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“Beads to blessings.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Kazuri Beads is a classic African endeavour - the creativity and craftsmanship inherent in local people has been married to technology and marketing expertise - it is all about ceramic beads (and some ceramic crockery too!). The organization has shops in most of the big malls. But a visit to their manufacturing facility is a better idea.The staff are very friendly. If it interests you, they take you on a tour of their workshop, explain the different steps involved in making the beads, answer any number of questions patiently and set you free to shop!

You can buy ready made jewellery. In every colour of the rainbow.

For crafting enthusiasts and jewellery makers, this is a better place to shop. There is a room full of beads that you can feast your eyes on and get your hands into! A great way to spend a couple of hours!

In any case, know that for every shilling, dollar, pound or euro spent you are helping support the employees - mostly single mothers in desperate need. And they will bless you for your generosity.

For those who are just "accompanying" their bead crazy friends / family, sit under the trees and enjoy a cup of coffee! Appreciate the garden art. Listen to the birds singing in the garden!

Visited October 2013
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