Below are ways you can help support our community. As always, we appreciate donations as well!
THE STORY OF MAU NAROK
Kate Levy produced a rough cut of a documentary in 2013 about the Mau Narok Land Rights Case and we are looking for funding for final production.
OLOSHO BEADING COOPERATIVE
A group of Maasai women in Narok, Kenya, created a beading cooperative in 1993 to help them sell their beads to earn money for school fees for their children. While Maasai beadwork is known throughout the world for its beauty, the women who make the beads are typically paid very little as profits are realized by middle men from outside of the Maasai community. Olosho (The Community) Initiative now has 58 members who represent 1,600 Maasai women in the area who make this traditional beadwork. Maasai women value education and selling beadwork is one of the few means they have to pay school fees.
The cooperative sells beads in the village of Chairwoman Naiswaku ene Leete, pictured above at her home. But they dream of establishing a shop closer to Narok town on the main road so that they can be seen by tourists who travel that road on their way to the Maasai Mara. All profit from the sale of these beads support these women and their dreams of economic empowerment.
The Ngongu Narok community have been leaders for many years in efforts to bring the benefits of tourism directly to Maasai communities. If you are traveling to Kenya, please consider visiting and learning about the local beading cooperative, opportunities for homestays, and education about Maasai culture and Maasailand.