Women’s Enterprise

Increasing economic opportunities, particularly for women, is imperative to building sustainable conservation practices and more equitable societies. ACC is proud to support these Maasai women-led initiatives—in Kenya’s rich biodiverse landscapes of Amboseli, Laikipia and Maasai Mara—that cultivate community-based conservation, reduce human-wildlife conflict, provide educational experiences, and improve the livelihoods of all community members. These women are advancing conservation efforts and strengthening Kenya’s sustainability—everyday.

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Amboseli: Naropil Milk Cooperative

ACC initiated the formation of the Naropil Milk Cooperative, training over 300 women of Amboseli in dairy production, with the aim to provide an income for Maasai women and make milk more accessible. ACC purchased a milk cooler, backup generator and helped install electricity in the milk storage facility. Through the CONNEKT project, the women are taught how to handle cow milk, maintaining high standards of hygiene before delivering the milk to collection centers. The Naropil Milk Marketing Cooperative's 400+ members work together to improve the quality of their dairy cows, milk production, and rangeland management. Their efforts pay off in excess milk, increased income, and sustained livelihoods—benefiting their families, wildlife, and the greater Amboseli Ecosystem.

ACC’s Programs Manager, Johnson Sipitiek, trains entrepreneurs on market place literacy.

Training

ACC Programs Manager, Johnson Sipitiek, coordinates business training for the women of Amboseli with the goal of ensuring the women know their business environment well so that they can plan well. ACC trained 30 women who will become peer educators—in turn training more than 1,000 women from their communities. The training is part of the CONNEKT cross border partnership project between ACC and OIKOS-EA, funded by the EU.

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Milk Production &  Storage

ACC donated 20 milk containers to the Naropil Milk Cooperative. ACC Programs Manager, Johnson Sipitiek, highlighted that the women view milk production as a business enterprise, changing their perspective from solely keeping cows as a cultural practice to gearing up to sell more than 100 litres per day!

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Grass Reseeding & Harvesting

The communities near Amboseli have embarked on restoring degraded areas through grass reseeding and by improving their livestock breeds. Women at Osiram cultural boma, in Mbirikani, planted hay which, after harvesting, will be stored for use during the dry season. The women also harvested and sold 41 bags of grass seeds earning a total of Ksh 410,000 ($4,100).  What was ACC's role in this? 

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Laikipia: Twala Tenebo Cultural Centre

Twala, a long-time conservation partner of ACC, located in a semi-arid area of northern Kenya, is run by a cooperative of six women groups, totaling over 200 members. The women earn their income through a variety of enterprises including renting accommodations to tourists and leasing their meeting facility to local and international organizations. They also design and sell Maasai beaded items for sale, offer educational and cultural experiences for visitors via their indigenous plant walks and baboon walks, and sell aloe and honey commercially. Their work supports their families as well as women and girls in the community that need additional support. Twala women care for abused girls and elderly women with no income, and support girls' education, maintaining a school onsite.

 

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Accomodations

Visit for a day or stay in a traditional Maasai hut in the Manyatta. Individuals or groups of up to 20 can be accommodated. Huts are self-catering. Food can be provided with advance notification. Teas and coffees also available. Traditional goat roast can be arranged. Water, bedding, lamps and firewood are provided.

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For information on rates and to make reservations, contact:

Rosemary Nenini
+254 729 540049

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Laikipia: Twala Tenebo Cultural Centre

Twala, a long-time conservation partner of ACC, located in a semi-arid area of northern Kenya, is run by a cooperative of six women groups, totaling over 200 members. The women earn their income through a variety of enterprises including renting accommodations to tourists and leasing their meeting facility to local and international organizations. They also design and sell Maasai beaded items for sale, offer educational and cultural experiences for visitors via their indigenous plant walks and baboon walks, and sell aloe and honey commercially. Their work supports their families as well as women and girls in the community that need additional support. Twala women care for abused girls and elderly women with no income, and support girls' education, maintaining a school onsite.

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