Kipato Unbranded was founded mid-way through last year to meet two needs. One was to offer a fair, just and consistent income for jewellery makers in low-income areas of Nairobi. And two, to create beautiful jewellery at an accessible price for Kenyans.
The brand is the brainchild of Marta Krajnik, which she founded with four other shareholders — all women. The five shareholders are from different regions, cultures and professions and contribute their diverse skills in law, design, marketing and branding. Marta is the designated ‘show runner’ handling everything from liaising with artisans on production to managing the brand’s online presence.
At the moment the brand works with two artisans: Kennedy 'Ojiko' Odundo who works from Kibera and Elijah Omadau who is based at Dagoretti Market. In line with Kipato’s mission, 50% of its profits go directly to these artisans.
This brass necklace worn here by Rose Miyonga was designed and made by Ojiko. The initial design was shorter but after the brand received requests from clients to make it longer, it was adapted into what you see here.
Photographs by Poppy Miyonga and courtesy of Kipato Unbranded. Model: Rose Miyonga.