The Maasai tribe of Kenya is world-famous for its beautiful beadwork, which is created by the women of the tribe and worn in rituals and ceremonies by both men and women. It is often given as a gift on special occasions.
Beadwork offers an important opportunity opportunity to Maasai women. Traditionally, they are uneducated, married at the age of 13, and completely financially reliant on the men or government aid. Their skills with beadwork are a chance for self-sufficiency.
The Olkiripa women group consists of 25 Maasai women who hand-make all of the beaded items we sell. The group was started as part of the Oloimugi Maasai Project.This is their primary source of income, and as a group they support their families.Bead product purchases help these women and their families break a pattern of poverty.
MAIN CHALLENGE:LACK OF MARKET
We are looking for partners,volunteers and well-wishers ready to help us source markets globally for this quality beadwork that goes a long way to impact many lives.
Below are some of the items we make