A stunning collection of dangling pendants gather on this brass piece for a true work of unique design. Named in honor of the town in Kenya of Rongai -- the place that our artisans call home-- this brilliant accessory is handmade, from the brass circular pendant to the smooth glass and stone beads. The largest portion of the pendant is the ethically-sourced horn bead, made from animal horn that would be discarded, as part of meat processing, if not used otherwise. The high level of skill required by each Sasa Designs artisan is clear in this stunning piece of wearable art.
- Brass, stone, glass, & horn
- Pendant: 4.25" H x 1.1" W (10.8 x 2.8 cm)
31" L chain with 2" extender (78.7 x 5 cm)
- Handmade in & fairly traded in Kenya
Sasa Designs by the Deaf was started in 2011 to provide employment and fair wages to deaf women in Kenya. With an estimated unemployment rate of 85% nationwide, few deaf have ever had the opportunity to support themselves or explore their potential. Deafness in Kenya carries grave stigma that leads to deaf individuals being ostracized and in the worst of cases, abused.
Upon joining Sasa Designs, a deaf woman becomes an artisan – carefully cultivating a skill set that grows along with her confidence. Sasa Designs' beaders are a group of strong and proud deaf women. Long taught to be ashamed of their "disability," they have now been empowered through building a successful business and a community that lifts them up daily. With many single moms in the group, the next generation is going to soar, thanks to consistent wages, access to healthcare, and healthy food. A woman who has spent a lifetime feeling like a burden, can now take care of herself and her children. Sasa Designs is a catalyst for transformation.