Featuring locally-carved bone, brass beads, and traditional glass beads, this piece is handmade by deaf women in Kenya. A local-brass artisan makes the three-strand clasp by hand for a polished piece that will get you noticed! 19.5 inches long.
The winterberry necklace is made by Susan, an impoverished 24-year-old single mother of a 2-year-old boy. Before becoming a jewelry maker, she collected garbage for recycling to earn money to feed her child.
Thirty-year-old Dorothy made the turquoise necklace. She was rejected by both family and friends because she was deaf. Now with her fair wages from jewelry making, she supports herself.
See the Artisan Story tab for more information about these dedicated deaf artists.
Artisan photos courtesy of Sasa Designs for the Deaf.
Sasa Designs, a jewelry business and a subsidiary of D.O.O.R. International, was launched in the fall of 2011, with the goal of providing employment and fair wages to deaf artisans in Kenya.
With an estimated unemployment rate of 85% among the deaf in Kenya, few will have an opportunity to discover their potential, work in dignity and earn a fair wage. Employers are simply not willing to deal with the communication issues of working with the Deaf.
Sasa Designs gives Deaf artisans the chance they’ve been waiting for – the chance to learn new skills, to discover what they are capable of and to feel productive.
The income these artisans earn gives them a way to support their families — to send their children to good schools, to provide better nutrition and healthcare for them. Instead of always feeling like a burden to the family, they move to a position of respect as one who contributes to the household income.