This exquisite jewelry line is inspired by life in the Zambian bush and handcrafted by talented local women. Creating “beauty from brutality,” pieces in this collection are made using snare wire removed from snare sets and cut free from wounded animals during anti-poaching patrols in South Luangwa, Africa.
From a workshop located on a well-trodden elephant path in Mfuwe, in the remote Zambian bush, local craftswomen make all of the jewelry by hand using natural materials from the South Luangwa Valley. In an area where unemployment is high, every piece sold plays a role in supporting the artisans, their families, and preserving the unique place that inspires their work.
Featured in National Geographic and worn by the likes of supermodel Doutzen Kroes, businessman Richard Branson, stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio, former president Bill Clinton, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, by buying a Mongoose Collection piece, you’re helping raise thousands of dollars for the vital work to save elephants, big cats, and antelope.
Working with “old” materials and embracing new and different uses for them creates a profound sense of rebirth that fills a space with distinct warmth and charm. In honor of World Environment/World Oceans/World Bicycle Days this month, we would like to shine the spotlight on Malawian artisan group Katundu. They do fantastic work transforming discarded items and materials into stunning furniture, lighting and décor, and they have truly elevated concepts of green living and up-cycling to a high art form
The late Nobel Peace Prize winner and renowned environmental and human rights activist Wangari Maathai has been a long time heroine and source of inspiration for kanju. Her acclaimed 2006 memoir, Unbowed, is a book, and Ms. Maathai the type of inspirational leader, that we all need right now. Hers was a life of service marked by the breaking of boundaries—refusing to ever let the word impossible enter her mind.