Monday, August 10, 2009

The Leaky Collection: Helping People and the Environment

About a month or so ago, I got the extreme pleasure of winning some very beautiful strands of Zulugrass from a website called The Leaky Collection. Now, you know me, I'm all for helping a great cause no matter what it may be, so when I received my jewelry and read a little about what I had won, I was all for writing up a feature!!

Not exactly sure what Zulugrass jewelry is? Here is a brief description of the product from their website:

"Strands of colorful grass beads strung with sparkling Czech glass beads for a stunning effect.
Handcrafted by Maasai women of Kenya."

The Leaky Collection was started by Katy and Phillip Leaky back in 2001 when they found themselves living in the rural Rift Valley of Kenya, among the Maasai people. Phillip Leaky is known in Kenya for his dedication towards improving conditions for all Kenyan's with particular focus on the areas of business opportunity and the environment, were his wife, Katy Leaky is an artist and designer who's interest has been connecting diverse cultures through understanding one anothers motivations.

Combining their two talents, they created something truly wonderful-Helping the local Maassai people and their community.

Using natural elements such as fallen wood and the grass of their native lands, these people create wonderful works of wearable art that are both economically supportive and environmentally friendly. Don't take my word for it though, just sign onto their website and look through the amazing pieces of jewelry they have!

I was lucky enough to receive 5 strands of different colored Zulugrass necklaces and three of their new bracelet ZuluSport Bracelets! These are so beautiful-They came with instructions and you would not believe how many different ways you could wear them! I count 8, but I'm sure if your really creative, you can find more :-)

Since this program has started, the people of Kenya have produced in a non factory setting:

  • 600 million beads
  • 5.5 miles of fringe
  • over 1200 jobs have been created
  • over 10,000 people are supported by the work generated from assembling Zulugrass and other Leaky products
I'm so happy I could be a part of this wonderful program! If you have a chance, visit The Leaky Collection website and read up on some more of the good things being done to help people and the environment.

Love and Energies.


Live, Love, Laugh, Write! said...

Wow - those are beautiful!

I'm waaay behind on blog reading - you've posted 40 blogs since I last visited! Normally your blog is one of the few that I try to catch up on 100% but this time I'm not going to be able to do it :P

MamabearMills said...

that's great! i love the work they are doing. I wanted to say hello since you are always stopping at my site!