Made in Kenya
by artisans supporting survivors of sexual violence
Wear your proudest name on a chain. This sentimental piece is handmade by artisans using 100 percent recycled brass, so it's good for people and the environment. Style it alone or layer it with other gold chains for a more laid-back look. Each purchase empowers jewelers at Olive & Annie in Kenya.
Handmade Mama Necklace | Fair Trade | The Little Market
As with all handmade items, no two pieces are the same. Variations in size, color, and design will occur.
- Chain approximately 16"
- Charm approximately .45" diameter
- No adjustable length
- Materials: 100% recycled brass
- Care instructions: For a longer-lasting shine, clean gently with warm water mixed with a small amount of dish detergent or a lemon.
- As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur
Olive & Annie
Olive & Annie empowers Maasai artisans in Kenya as they work toward financial independence. It is a branch of the charitable organization She Matters, a community of survivors and advocates united against sexual violence. The name “Olive & Annie” was inspired by two young girls living at a local orphanage called ZLT Hope Homes; their mothers had unfortunately struggled with addiction following young pregnancies, poverty, and sexual assault. Many of the artisans working at Olive & Annie have had similar experiences. Through the group, these women have access to essential resources, including educational opportunities, community development workshops, and health programs.
Olive & Annie takes other comprehensive steps to oppose sexual violence, funding photography campaigns dedicated to the empowering survivors and helping guide She Matters in hiring a full-time social worker to provide professional counseling. With ZLT Hope Homes, Olive & Annie has funded rent expenses, provided more than 12,000 nutritious meals, and paid for 50 education scholarships and counting.
Artisans at Olive & Annie create beautiful jewelry from 100 percent recycled brass. They enjoy the flexibility of either working from home or out of partner workshops in Ngong Hills. Olive & Annie is dedicated to environmental sustainability, using materials that produce zero waste whenever possible. Each piece of jewelry takes anywhere from 15 minutes to 3 hours to complete. Olive & Annie’s designs are inspired by women’s rights, human rights, and ending sexual violence.
Kenya has a population of more than 35 million people comprising of 42 ethnic groups, each with its own language and culture, as well as Asian, Arab and European Communities, which makes for a fascinating mix of traditions and cultures. Kenya’s multifaceted culture is expressed in different forms, from its people and language, food, music and dance, art, artifacts, theatre and literature to its ethnic values and ethical norms.
Kenya is among the world’s 30 poorest countries, ranking 145 out of 185 countries on the 2012 Human Development Index, and more than one-half of the country’s population lives below the poverty line on less than US $1 a day. Years of drought in this region have had a serious impact on the well-being of children, increasing malnutrition rates, morbidity and mortality.
Fair Trade Products
Fair Trade is an approach to international trade centered around equitable partnerships, transparency and respect. It seeks to empower marginalized producers by providing them safe working conditions, fair pay, and a means to establish a sustainable business free from exploitation. As a member of the Fair Trade Federation, we are committed to the Fair Trade principles.