Explore Soko: The Black-owned jewelry brand empowering Kenyan artisans

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If you’ve been on the hunt for elevated staples and evolved jewelry pieces, then look no further than Soko.

Soko is a women-led, people-first ethical jewelry brand that connects Kenyan artisans with global markets. According to Soko, the artisan craft sector in Kenya is the second-largest employer in the developing world. However, it is also one of the most marginalized. Millions of talented artisans become trapped in micro-economies, unable to earn enough to support their families long-term.

You may be wondering, how do they connect with Kenyan jewelry makers to make this happen? According to their site, Soko uses “mobile technology to connect marginalized Kenyan artisans directly to the global marketplace,” focusing on technology that “enables the human workforce.” Essentially, the brand is building a virtual factory that connects artisans with others in their network. As a result, artisans working with Soko earn nearly five times more than an average artisan workshop.

Seeking to “help solve the social and environmental challenges our world faces today,” the B-Corp seeks to balance profit with purpose, enabling financial inclusion and economic sovereignty for long-term impact and change.

So, want to support this brand? Shop some of our favorite handpicks from their collection and browse their site for other options as well. A brand that’s on a mission to help others while still making beautiful jewelry? Something we’re behind all-year-round.

Shop: Wingu Stacking Rings, $98

Credit: Soko

Shop: Kumi Link Earrings, $78

Credit: Soko

Shop: Kazuri Ripple Pendant Necklace, $98

Credit: Soko

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