#AGTA - The Tanzanite Foundation Presents The Maasai Ladies Project
In the Hall as you enter the AGTA GemFair is what I refer to as
the Hall of Learning, Support and Publications...
one of the agencies represented is the Tanzanite Foundation.
This year they had a great display of tumbled Tanzanite nugget jewelry
that was hand crafted by the local Masai women...
a new project to provide a steady income stream
for the women and their families.
A little bit about the ladies from their website...
In the village of Nasinyai - just outside the tanzanite mining area -
a group of ladies gather together to make spectacular jewellery
with wire and tanzanite donated by TanzaniteOne.
Each piece is 100 % handcrafted and all proceeds are reinvested back into the project.
Formed in 2012, the ladies were tutored by renown gem carver Naomi Sarna
in the art of wire wrap jewellery making, and after a period of learning
now create stunning one-of-a-kind pieces
which are sold through The Tanzanite Experience boutiques in Africa,
Television Shopping and will soon be available online.
This gem of an idea was conceived by The Tanzanite Foundation,
and now donations of time and skill by others - such as Adam Woodhams,
a local photographer who manages the project in Tanzania,
and TanzaniteOne Staff who tumble the stones - mean the project is now
creating a steady income to help the ladies support their families. '
Special thanks to TV network The Liquidation Channel for their on going support.
To catch up with the latest, visit the The Maasai Ladies Facebook Page .