Your purchase has the power to make a life changing difference. Made using upcycled wire these earrings are ingenious creations of a waste product. Made by a remarkable and inspiring youth employment workshop; Zakale Creations.
Zakale Creations is a Project located in Huruma, which is part of Mathare, Nairobi. The slum population is approx. 8,000 with a very high unemployment rate (approx. 80%).
The people who live here have many challenges including poor housing, lack of basic facilities, including water, roads and lack of education. The ‘drop out’ from Primary School is very high and only a very few complete their Primary School education.
Approximately 10 people trained at Zakale are now independent craftsmen and women. Their upcycled range also helps to employ others outside of the workshop, who collect and clean bottle tops, wire, tin cans and old cooking pots to be transformed into beautiful jewellery.
These people need us to buy these beautiful products made from the waste materials they have collected. Imagine you could be wearing a pair of earrings crafted by artisans whose lives have been transformed. If you love upcycled jewellery you may also like our Upcycled Cooking Pot Bracelet which is also designed and made by Zakale Creations.
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Origins: Made in Nairobi, Kenya
Materials: Made of upcycled wire.
Nickel free hooks.
Zuri Design was started 17 years ago by Helen Scanlan, who worked in Kenya and Uganda as a volunteer over a number of years. Helen saw the opportunity to alleviate poverty through the trade of handmade gifts and jewellery.
Once set up as a wholesaler, Zuri Design financed a start- up workshop in Kibera slum, employing and training former street boys. Since then, Zuri Design orders have created work for more than 200 men and women in Kenya and Uganda, within over 10 workshops.
Working so closely with people from slums in Kenya, means Helen has witnessed first-hand the hardship of living in poverty and the positive impact Zuri Design has within the communities, providing them with livelihoods so people can work their way out of the cycle of poverty.