Ethical & Empowering Earrings

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SKU: S- 93981

Traditionally dyed disks of bone elevate these dynamic earrings to an international work of art, serving to connect you to the lives of women artisans a world away. An exotic addition to your jewelry collection, they represent a rich tradition of Kenyan crafts.

Handcrafted by a group of artisans in the semi-arid region of Kenya's eastern province -- where the sparse rainfall creates conditions of abject poverty. Dedicated to bringing positive change to their lives, the women from the community provide a primary source of income with jewelry created in group workshops, or woven textiles created in an artisan's home. In both homes and workshops, an emphasis is placed on fair principles and good working conditions.

  • Dyed bone is ethically sourced from water buffalo (passed away from natural causes)
  • French hooks
  • 1" diameter (2.5 cm)
  • Handmade in & fairly traded from Kenya
"It makes me happy and also humble to see the miles we have moved from cleaning offices to handicrafts exporting,"" says Josephine Karimi, one of three women living in the slums of Nairobi, more than twenty years ago, who pooled their savings earned from cleaning to buy a sewing machine. Josephine, Rosemary, and Eva combined their talents and a few letters from each of their names to become Jorova Crafts. Since then, they have helped many women in the greater Nairobi area, mostly single mothers or widows, enabling them to gain employment to support their families while using their talents with handicrafts or developing new skills.

"When a woman is economically empowered, the society shines," says Karimi. One of those artisans, Veronica Wanja, is now happy to be doing what she likes most. "I happened to meet Karimi five years ago, at our church," she recalls. "I was desperate in life – just imagine – with three kids and not any income. She introduced me to Jorova. I thank her very much. That business has made me who I am today. My kids go to school just like other kids. I also managed to build my own house. God bless your trusting us."

Some Jorova products use Kanga, the traditional Swahili fabric that Kenyan women use and wear for so many things. Josephine says she's also pleased Jorova Crafts is developing unique designs. "To me, the sky is the limit!"

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Light weight and

Light weight and unique.

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Very lightweight &

Very lightweight & look great with my various animal print outfits.

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These looks pretty

These looks pretty unique but it was kind of too big for my face.

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