Founded by duo Maddy and Kyle in 2018, YEWO is a social enterprise and a jewellery design studio based in both Asheville, NC and Manchewe Village, Malawi. Every YEWO item is thoughtfully hand fabricated in the Malawi based workshop using both unique and traditional metal working techniques.
The YEWO workshop is based in a mountainous rural village in Malawi where roughly 95% of the community are either unemployed or working in the informal economic sector (i.e. selling goods in the marketplace or one-off jobs— usually paid well below minimum wage). Almost all of the YEWO team had previously never held a job in the formal economic sector, had access to reliable income, or knew a single thing about making jewellery before starting work at YEWO.
To see the YEWO collection head over to the Textile Candy jewellery range.