YALA creates African jewellery under the highest of ethical standards. Working with local artisans and a modern twist on Kenyan designs, they challenge common misconceptions on Africa one piece at a time. As a B-CORP company, all their decisions are made with the entirety of stakeholders in mind.
Yala makes all their jewellery from reused and recycled raw materials and manufactures them with care and timelessness in mind. However, they know that taste might change. That is why they allow you to send back your items if you decide you do not want to keep them any longer. The components are then recycled and made into new jewellery styles.
KENYA, Maasai Mara
The BMB workshop is located right outside of the Maasai Mara in Kenya. It employs 158 women and one man, Oscar, who is the chief leatherworker.
All employed artisans have learned the traditional techniques of making jewellery over generations and put truly traditional craftsmanship into their daily work.
All workers receive about three times the average daily wage in Kenya - Not only does it support the worker’s close families but others who are reliant on the workers, benefiting over 300 local households.
To make sure that workers are always treated fairly, it is certified by the International Fairtrade Association.
YALA works with a variety of workshops located in and around Nairobi. Both are run by skilled jewellery workers and each is specialised into one area of YALA’s pieces. The workshop ran by George, a highly-skilled jewellery maker, employs 15 artisans and focusses on brass work.
The workshop ran by Victor, an artisan with ten years experience, specialises in brass and horn pieces. Victor employs ten fellow artisans and, in addition to being a jewellery artisan, has studied Journalism, Media and PR.
Most items can be returned within 14 days, excluding made-to order and customised items, and face masks.
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