Umukoko (scientifically called Hyphaene Petersiana) is a very rare species of tree that grows in one of Burundi's natural reserves in the western part of the country, along the coast of Lake Tanganyika. The villagers living in this region benefit from the tree by using the shells of the Umukoko as a sort of charcoal substitute when making fire to cook. They usually throw away the core of the fruit not knowing that it becomes vegetable ivory when it is carved down to its pure white form. Kaz’O’zah Art has therefore decided to partner with those villagers to be our suppliers of the raw material of the vegetal nuts since that same core they throw away is the treasure in which creates the beautiful jewelry we make. We purchase the shells per 30kg and have taught the villagers the distinction between the rainy season harvest and dry season harvest in order to secure a significant supply that can accommodate all the orders and designs we create. As a token of appreciation, at each delivery, Kaz’O’zah Art always returns all of the Umukoko shells that we have “trashed” so that the villagers can serve their cooking needs. In addition to this, we have identified ivory carvers who used to be skilled and experienced working with animal ivory. We have trained them to work with vegetable ivory instead, and have taught to diversify the products they create. Kaz’O’zah Art has utilized this vegetable ivory by dying it a variety of different colors to create beautiful necklaces, bracelets, rings and other ornaments. With one single core, an artisan can produce one necklace, a bracelet as well as few rings.