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Fashionable Bracelets Save Lives

Local launches Malaika For Life bracelets



    Fashionable Bracelets Save Lives
    Malaika For Life
    One $10 Malaika For Life bracelet saves one life in Tanzania where malaria is prevalent.

    When it comes to fashion for a good cause, Brickell resident and University of Miami graduate Kristen Kenney’s project Malaika for Life bracelets is all about saving lives.

    The 26-year-old broadcast journalist launched the fundraising bracelets with the University of Miami’s Business School back in July after traveling to shoot a documentary in Tanzania and learning firsthand how malaria kills a child there every 30 seconds.

    Kenney herself contracted the deadly disease while filming and it nearly claimed her life.

    “I returned home from Africa determined to make a difference after my experience," said Kenney. “As of August we have saved over 400 lives.”

    The beaded bracelets are sold online at as well as in the University of Miami's breezeway and at different events such as tonight’s Funkshion Fashion Week at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach.

    Each bracelet costs $10 and is handmade by the women of the Maasai Tribe where malaria is the most prevalent.

    Bracelets come in an assortment of hues like gold, silver, green, orange, yellow, blue, pink and white.

    For the sporty gals, there’s also Game Day Flair Packs, which feature bracelets in the colors of Miami’s home teams like the Heat, Dolphins and UM. 

    So why the name Malaika for her fundraiser project?

    Kenney said Malaika means “angel” in Swahili.

    To attend tonight’s event, RSVP to

    Annie Vazquez is a Miami-based journalist and shop-a-holic. Email her with any fashion tips, boutique openings, events, sales and bargains at