Yala was created as a means to establish financial opportunities for artisans working in the informal sector in Kenya. The brand is named after the town in which the founders grandmother lives.
Yala is the first jewellery company in the UK to become a Certified B Corporation, which means that the highest verified standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability are met. B Corp also awarded Yala with a “Best For The World” award in the Governance category, this means that through their business activities, Yala places in the top 10% of B Corporations globally with strong governance policies. Yala also recently won “Jewellery Brand of the Year” in the 2019 Sustainable Lifestyle Awards.
Yala products are made by a network of over 150 artisans, including a group of Maasai women who operate from a Fairtrade-certified workshop.