Nyumbani Design jewelry is boldly sculptural and uniquely elegant. And behind the artful execution of sophisticated design, is a commitment to responsible design, to responsible living, to a better greener universe.
What Kerry Glanfield started in 2010 has evolved into more than retail, more than jewelry. And we couldn’t be prouder that our members love the Nyumbani Design boutique on Yakutti.
Below, Kerry, Nyumbani Design’s Founder writes about her brand’s founding story and commitment to eco-conscious design.
Nyumbani Design Founding Story
I moved to Dar es Salaam in 2010 and began working within the retail industry collaborating with local artisans in Tanzania. Over time, I noticed that while wooden sculptures were commonplace in Tanzania there was an absence in the market for crafting indigenous woods in a more contemporary fashion.
Sensing there was an opportunity to experiment with a material I hadn’t explored before, I sampled and developed a few pieces with local wood artisans to create wearable pieces of art I would want to wear. From there, the business grew organically.
Commitment to Eco-conscious Design
Over the last three years, Nyumbani design has supported the work of Trees for the Future, a non-governmental organization that has planted trees around the world since 1989. Together we have planted over 5000 trees as well as supporting tree planting and soil-restoration projects globally.
Our newest partnership is with a conservation organization in Tanzania. Mpingo Conservation & Development Initiative assists communities to generate ethical and sustainable forest-based income by selling responsibility harvested FSC certified timber.
As we are a Tanzanian-based company, it was important to us to support the surrounding communities.
We aim to design in a sustainable manner by supporting and encouraging tree planting projects as well as creating employment and hopeful futures for our artisans and their families in Tanzania. For every jewellery piece we sell, a seed will be planted to restore and support the plantation of indigenous trees for the future.
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