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“Loved it!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kazuri Beads Factory

Kazuri Beads Factory
Mbagathi Ridge, Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
20 2328905
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“Loved it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

What an awesome place! Well worth the time to visit. So fun to see the workers rolling out beads & spinning bowls! Most of the souvenirs I bought while in Africa came from their gift shop.

Visited August 2014
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“Hand crafted right in Kenya”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

Did some research for a few stops near Nairobi to see the city and some wildlife and found this amazing gem.

Just a quick drive from the city, this amazing place houses a unique tourist and shopping experience. My friend and I were able to tour the bead factory with a guide. Seeing the mud, the hand rolling of various sized beads, all done by local men and women to truly support their community (how can you not love that!), then to see the beads be hand painted and then strung.

Shopping was great! Tons of beads, necklaces, bracelets, earrings and figurines. If you want- my friend asked to choose her beads personally and bring them home to make necklaces for her friends (what a cute party idea for close friends, cool craft and take home souvenir!)

Would I go back? Yes, I would gladly go back and support this great organization. Plus I found their products in other shops around Kenya but I would much rather go see the women and men who work on these amazing crafts themselves.

Visited July 2014
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Jacksonville, Florida
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“What A Place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This is an absolute gem in Nairobi. The product made by the locals in this facility is both beautiful and amazing. Our guide walked us through the entire process of how the beads and pottery are made. Definitely a must see for anyone visiting Nairobi.

Visited July 2014
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“Fascinating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I really enjoyed this visit. The bead factory was begun in 1975 to provide work for single moms. I spoke with a woman who has worked there 30 years. They work 5 and 1/2 days per week get a fair wage and health insurance. They all get trained at the different stations, making beads, painting beads, firing beads, putting together jewelry, the gift shop so they don't get too bored. I kind of felt bad for the women because they are on display with all these strangers wandering through taking their pictures but I guess it helps pay the bills. It seems like a really awesome program that employs lots of women (and some men). Definitely worth the trip. I also bought some awesome jewelry at really reasonable prices.

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Visited August 2014
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“Simplicity”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

It was fascinating to see the process of making these beads from their initial raw state of muddy clay to spectacular beads and finally uniquely beautiful pieces of jewelry and china!

Visited September 2013
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