Circle of Life Earrings

$12.00 $9.99

SKU: S- 55589

A stunning yet sentimental design . . . sure to inspire while serving as a reminder that you are helping support your global girlfriends in Kenya. Undeniably chic, the black and silver toned design of these earrings brings sophistication, style, and a story of unstoppable hope.

Made by women artisans in Kenya's semi-arid eastern province, a region where extremely sparse rainfall and subsequent drought have caused abject poverty. With an emphasis on fair principles and good working conditions, these skilled jewelry makers and textile weavers gather in workshops and private homes to create new economic opportunity for themselves and their families.

  • Precision-shaped wire spirals and black bead
  • Approximately 1.25" L x 0.75" W (3.2 x 1.9 cm) on hooks for pierced ears
  • Handmade in and fairly traded from Kenya
Founded in 2001, Jalsu Uma focuses on training women in the production of accessories made from alpaca wool. Started by five women, the cooperative now includes more than 20 who are trained in techniques such as hand looming, weaving, and crocheting. Artisans have the option to work from home to care for their children and meet weekly for production matters. Jalsu Uma strives for expansion, providing more women with the opportunity to financially support themselves and their families, innovating new designs, and becoming a leader in Bolivian handicrafts.
"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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I bought these a while ago. I love them. I wear these adorable earrings often.
I have received so many compliments.
Ordering more to give as gifts

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Lovely earrings!

Lovely earrings! They look much more expensive than they are.

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These are beautiful

These are beautiful earrings!!!!

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