There is potential that Malawian women could travel to Kenya to learn how to make ceramic jewelery and pottery from clay for exports.
This is according to First Lady Madame Dr Gertrude Mutharika who spoke on Monday in Nairobi, Kenya, after touring Kazuri, a centre where women make jewelry, and pottery by hand and sell to countries such the United States of America, Australia and Europe.
The First Lady said she was impressed with the work that women are doing and promised that when she returns home she will discuss with relevant people to facilitate the tour.
According to Dr Mutharika, African women are very talented, optimistic and have the potential to improve their livelihood and their families through handwork.
“It usually does not require huge sums of money to begin a business, but if you put your mind to it, there is a high chance that you will come up with something big,’’ she said.
She said she felt the need to visit the Kazuri centre after she noted that single mothers and less privileged rural women are the ones working with just clay, but producing high quality jewelry that is being exported out of Kenya.
The First Lady has since committed to ensuring that the innovation that Kenyan women has is shared with their colleagues in Malawi and other parts of the world.
The Kazuri centre was established in 1975 and specializes in making beads and pottery from clay, dug from Mount Kenya.
The name Kazuri means small and beautiful. The centre employs single mothers and teaches them how to make handmade, jewelry, beads and pottery. Wages for the women come from the proceeds and the centre now employs over 300 women from the initial two who were there when the centre was established.
Sales and Marketing Manager for the centre, Sammy Makau said Kazuri realizes that the greatest contribution to the world is to empower disadvantaged women to be economically dependent so as to be able to participate in national development.