Sammy is the owner of the beautiful jewelry collection in Live Kenya. He has been beading and creating jewelry since his childhood. His mother taught him to make use of horn, cow, and camel bone to sell pieces to passing tourists in their scenic town. Using those same materials, the Semat Collection, based out of Nairobi, Kenya, aims to achieve empowerment through creativity.

Sammy owns a small workshop in Ngong where he employs community members who all participate in the beading work. They do this by reaching out to Kenyan men and women from marginalized communities who have talent but lack the necessary resources to change their lives. They help them break from the vicious cycle of drug use, cattle rustling, robbery, and prostitution, all of which hinder them from reaching their full potential.

Sammy is making a difference in his small community, and here are some of his team members who are making a difference in their own lives. These are some of the amazing people who work at Semat Collection…

This is Boaz and Enos. Boaz lives in the Kibera slums with one of his brothers. He is the first born in a family of thirteen children. He was unable to continue his studies due to his lack of funds and now works at Sammy’s shop to support his younger siblings. boaz and Enos Enos is a 23 year old and a father of two chidren. He also lives in Kibera but never went to school and is only able to speak Kiswahili and Luo. With the money Enos earns he manages to take his wife to a tailoring course so that she too can contribute to the welfare of their family.

Pictured on the right is Davy. Sammy describes Davy as being “a quite but hard working man”. He is an orphan and at the young age of eleven he began collecting scrap metal to sell in order to support himself. davy In addition to working for Sammy, Davy now has his own small barbershop in Kibera while taking care of his grandmother.

And this is the small house where Sammy’s workshop was started nearly two years ago. Thankfully, in February Sammy and his team members were able to move the workshop into a bigger and safer location. DSC00994

Sammy works with 100% recycled materials, including animal bone and brass and aluminum casting, which create the beads for his pieces. Bangles, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and rings are crafted carefully from these materials to make beautiful, unique pieces. 100% of the profits are reinvested in the artisans’ workshop, which provide employment and skills training.

Three of their hand made jewelry pieces can be found under the Live Kenya tab at My personal favorite is the Glass Moon Necklace made entirely of brass chain and recycled glass.