Back by popular demand for a third time at the Pynelogs Cultural Centre, the GOGO Grannies are getting ready to hold a Kazuri Bead Sale. The Handmade African Jewelry will be on sale on May 21 at the Pynelogs Gallery from 1-4 p.m. and there will be no admission fee. However, there will be a limited number of pre-sale and luncheon tickets that will get you an early look at the items kicking off at 11:30 a.m. for a cost of $20.
The project started out a few years ago with two ladies in the backyard of someone’s house in Africa.Over the years it has grown significantly. There are now over 350 ladies working at a factory and provides a way to help support their families on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya.
One of the ladies organizing the event is Connie Watson who said this business has given many people a much better way of life.
“They get free health care for themselves and their immediate family, education for their children, some meals as well and they alternate jobs at the factory to help people learn skills.”
Even though the first two sales were successful the group was not sure they were going to do another sale.
“We were not sure if we were going to do a third one but so many people asked us about it and we decided to do it again. We hope to see a lot of people again,” Watson said.
The items that will be up for sale have already arrived and Watson said she sees some new designs and colours in this batch.
“There are a lot of bracelets this time. People requested this if we could do it. All of the jewelry is bright and fun to wear.”
This event is hosted by the Valley GOGO Sisters and the proceeds are sent to the Gogo Grannies Outreach Program of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
Lunch tickets are at One Hour Photo.