Renée LaReau | Mar. 26, 2013 | Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
Njuhi Chege is the founder and CEO of Riri Jewellery, a business that promotes peacebuilding through art by connecting Kenyan artisans with global markets.
She also is co-organizer and board member for the Festival for African Fashion and Arts, an annual international event that celebrates the diversity of the African continent through fashion, art, and music. Chege first became interested in finding solutions to conflict after experiencing Kenya’s post-election violence in 2007 and 2008. The violence eventually led to the death of more than 1,000 people and the displacement of tens of thousands of others.
“I considered myself lucky to have survived,” Chege said. “I felt some responsibility to help prevent such a tragedy from occurring again.”