These earrings are made of hand-hammered brass and glass beads by the artisans of Jorova Crafts.
Jorova was founded by three women -- Josephine, Rosemary, and Eva -- living in the slums of Nairobi. Determined to made a better life for their families, the women cleaned houses until they had enough funds to launch their craft business. Today Jorova provides employment for several single mothers and widows.
- Brass & glass beads
- 3.5" L x 1.5" W (8.8 x 3.8 cm)
- Handmade in & fairly traded from Kenya
"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!"
I am pleased with these earrings. Very well crafted.