Meaning “laughter,” in Swahili, Kicheko Goods is a social impact jewelry brand founded in 2014 by Sarah Bayot. Each piece of jewelry funds one month of school for one child. Concepts for the brand’s small batch collections are inspired by geometry, nature, creative conversations and travel. Kicheko's aesthetic shares an unrefined boldness, sophisticated earthiness and playful simplicity. All pieces from Kicheko's collections are designed in D.C., made locally and with a network of small manufacturers and special artisan partnerships from around the world.
Since its founding, proceeds from Kicheko were used to help construct a 6-classroom brick school building for Mango Tree Primary School in Eastern Congo, and has funded over 2000 months of school for students to attend Mango Tree and receive a quality, foundational education.
Kicheko's work has been featured in Elle, Martha Stewart Living, Darling Magazine, Washingtonian, Washington Post, DC Modern Luxury, Brightest Young Things, and Northern Virginia Magazine.
Alongside our collections of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, is a rise to action - to share with us your #lifewithKicheko alongside your beautiful and challenging moments - the humanness of this beautiful and terrible world we love and live together in. Inspired by our experiences in Congo, we invite you to tap into and share the realness, joy and resilience in each of us.
Every purchase from Kicheko's collections provides a scholarship for underresourced children to attend school. Our first education partnership is with Mango Tree School, an exemplary primary education center based in Uvira that educates over 200 students in the South Kivu province.
Poverty and the threat of conflict are often destabilizing forces making consistent employment difficult. On average, families have more than 4 children in each household making the decision who to send to school challenging.
Kicheko combats this cycle by working with the school to identify students who are most in need and working with families to ensure that their children stay in school year round.LEARN ABOUT YOUR IMPACT
The design process begins with the creation of white space often on a silent walk or people watching with my computer and sketchbook (and a coffee or glass of wine in hand). After the sketch process, I go back to my studio and play with materials looking for weight, balance, color and aesthetic. Creating a draft design and testing the design over a determined period of time, the next step is to meticulously source materials. Once everything arrives, the production, finishing, polishing takes place in our D.C. studio.
Our staple ingredients are metal, wood, and fiber. Other favored materials include stone, deer tine, ceramic, and leather. It is important to us to know who we work with, and as much as possible we strive to work with ethical and excellent suppliers and manufacturers.
Each product type is debuted in small batches. Depending on the product's resonance, the decision is made for a second batch and restock. This design model has allowed us the freedom and ability to respond nimbly to design multiple collections in a year, collaborate with artists and institutions, and create one a kind pieces.
Moving to Washington, D.C. for college in 2003, Sarah still calls the District home. Known for her big smile, love of deep thoughts and conversations, and eclectic range of interests, Sarah loves exploring the city, a good glass of wine, Italian food, and travel. With a Masters in International Affairs & Development, extensive volunteer experience abroad, and a love of art + social impact businesses, Kicheko grew from a side hustle project to a full-fledged social impact brand.
When not working on Kicheko or traveling, Sarah teaches barre at the Dailey Method fitness studio, loves to spend time with her husband and friends, and/or can be found watching Netflix and movies with a glass of wine.
Theresa is originally from Mesa, AZ, but has loved the life and energy of the DC area since moving here in 2012. She studied International Affairs and peace & conflict studies in college and naturally gravitated towards the history and issues of Sub-Sahara Africa, particularly the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Theresa loves to bake, has a sweet tooth as big as Mt. Everest and thinks that a successful event is completely dependent on the kind of socks you wear to it. She is very excited to be a part of the Kicheko team and connect beautiful jewelry to life-changing education!