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Yala comes to you from the hands of many talented individuals.
Our company is built on social values, to improve the lives of others by creating financial opportunities for skilled artisans, demonstrating their talent, while maintaining a low environmental impact.
We connect with our artisans on a personal level by visiting and keeping in touch with them - not just as colleagues, but as friends. We facilitate weekly workshop visits from team members based in Kenya to ensure everyone has a safe, happy work environment to create our high quality jewellery.
Our designs are brought to life in their skillful hands, and we value their talent by paying them a truly fair wage - triple the daily wage for jewellery artisans in Kenya.
MEET THE MAKERS - BMB Workshop
The BMB Workshop is located just outside the Maasai Mara in Kenya. We work with BMB to create our beaded leather products.
The workshop employs 158 local women, and one man Oscar, the chief leather worker. Oscar is differently-abled and uses a wheelchair for mobility.
The BMB Workshop brings together local artisans who have learnt how to create precious beaded jewellery and leather wares using traditional methods. These techniques have been passed down from generation to generation of Maasai women, and accessorising is integral to their culture.
Providing three times the average daily wage in Kenya, the workshop enables its artisans to look after themselves and their families, as well as neighbours and friends who are dependent on the women. In total, their work has a positive impact on over 300 households in the area.
The close partnership between Yala and the BMB Workshop means we know who made our leather accessories, and that they were paid fairly for their work.
The BMB Workshop is certified by the International Fairtrade Association.
MEET THE MAKERS - Brass Workshop
George is a brass specialist who runs his own workshop just outside of Nairobi. We work with George and his team of 15 artisans to create the intricate brass and horn elements across our pieces.
George started his business after realising his skills with brass while working as a professional mechanic. He began with doorknobs and door handles, and over the years he progressed to accessories, buckles and jewellery.
The core team is made up of six artisans, who have all worked together for years. Pictured on this page are Sironga, Ken, Austin, Daniel, Charles and Steve.
Their workshop specialises in high quality brass work using traditional techniques, from sand casting and smelting to hammering and polishing.
SEE HOW IT'S MADE
SUPPORT TEAM - KENYA
SUPPORT TEAM - UK