Ashley’s work in Africa began in 2006 when she volunteered for the Clinton HIV/AIDS Foundation in Rwanda. Deeply touched by what she encountered there, Ashley set out to utilize the skills she acquired in law school and the finance industry to build a sustainable company that would provide employment and business training to local artisans. Today, Ashley Pittman employs over 75 artisans in Kenya, providing them with fair wages, expansion opportunities, and business development training.
Ashley Pittman reinterprets the power and simplicity expressed in the shapes and textures of centuries-old African jewelry. Each piece is entirely handcrafted in Kenya featuring repurposed horn, semiprecious gemstones, bronze and materials indigenous to East Africa.
The horn is sourced from Kenyan Ankole cows that are a food source for the local community and villages. The animals are not harmed in order to obtain their horn, and livestock farming is a sustainable, pasture-based system. Due to the nature of the horn, which varies from dark, black-brown to marbled tan and white, each pieces is one of a kind and unique.
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