In 2001 a drought in The Rift Valley, Kenya left about 100 families without husbands and fathers, as the men had to travel with cattle to find fresh vegetation. To help the women and children support themselves while the men were away, Katy and Philip Leakey came up with the idea for The Leakey Collection, a fair trade line of jewelry and accessories made by those left behind.
Today, The Leakey Collection is sold online to an international market, and consists of natural items like fallen tree wood that has been handcrafted into unique designs by the Maasai artisans who are provided with fair wages. Their store includes interior design items and bracelets, necklaces and earrings made of Zulugrass and Zuluwood. They offer an assortment of items perfect for gifts too, such as eyeglass holder necklaces, belts, Eco Chic hangtags and note cards.
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