For those of you who are not familiar with Big Life Foundation, it is a charity organization cofounded by Nick Brandt, an amazing wildlife photographer and activist. His mission is to protect dwindling elephant and rhinoceros populations as a result of poaching and habitat destruction. His artwork (which you’ll see in a few links) comes with a content warning, even though it’s beautiful and important, it can be a little upsetting.
So Big Life works with the locals and the farmers to try and establish safe cohabitation for the wildlife and the people. As a result, they employ locals as rangers to guard elephants and rhinos against poachers, mostly in east Africa. They have done a lot of good as a result. Here is a quick interview with Brandt about what led to the creation of his work and Big Life and here is Big Life’s main website discussing their current tasks and accomplishments.
The reason I wanted to share Big Life in the women’s forum is because of their merchandise. They just released a beautiful new necklace that pairs with existing earrings in their shop. These pieces are made by local women in the area and are very beautiful. Here is the shop link, the description says:
Handmade by local women in Kimana in the heart of Big Life’s area of operation, the Tembo necklace honors the work of Big Life rangers to protect elephants. Tembo (the Swahili word for elephant) necklaces are white with silver beadwork and are made exclusively for Big Life by kimber elements, and match the earring sets by the same name. They come packaged in a vibrant kitenge fabric bag made by another local Kenyan conservation organization, Wildlife Works…
By supporting local Kimana artisans, Big Life continues to honor its ethos that if conservation supports the people, then people will support conservation.
About kimber elements
kimber elements is unique jewelry that celebrates traditional craft and promotes wildlife conservation. They combine their love of women, design, and wildlife to create jewelry that drives meaningful change in the world.
Their mission is to amplify indigenous women to conserve and protect wildlife through sustainable business and educational opportunities. Currently, they collaborate with 30 Maasai women in rural Kenya. Using traditional colors, textures, and patterns as their defining tools, kimber elements creates lively and fresh designs that evolve out of an ongoing dialogue with their artisans.
I think it’s a really beautiful piece and a really beautiful cause, supporting local women and local wildlife. I thought some others might be interested.