In July of 2017, Akazi founders Megan Malone & Hunter Lambert were brought together on a charity cycling trip through Malawi, Africa. Riding through the country, they merged their passion for public health and building equity for women into a greater cause; developing a platform that empowers, educates, and employs women. After a year of research and community building, they met an incredible group of 17 Malawian women who have been mining semi-precious gems for an upward of 20 years - The Akazi Project began. Akazi creates meaningful, hand-made product that meets the fashion-savvy woman's accessory expectations, while establishing a force for good that trickles into communities we work directly in. Each piece is handmade in San Diego, California & profits are directly invested into creating genuine change in Malawi - the warm heart of Africa. One piece of Akazi jewelry purchased provides life changing cervical cancer treatment at the women's health clinic in rural Malawi.