Naret Nkere self help group

HFAW Supports Naret-Nkera Self Help Women’s Group in Maasai, Loitoktok
Background: This project started in 2006 and was officially registered with social services in Kenya in 2007. The Maasai are cattle herders and their livelihood revolves around the cows and crops. Culturally, Maasai women do not own property, namely cows, goats, sheep or land - which is the source of wealth as defined by their community. The project started as a means to fight the marginalization of women in the Maasai community.

Under the guidance of the Episcopal Church of Africa, Diocese of Mt. Kilimanjaro, women were able to raise funds through working on their husband’s land or renting pieces of land on which they planted crops for sale. They would then also use revenue from the sale of the crops for the education of their children; a responsibility which has been abandoned by their husbands. The crop was also shared among them as means of food security. The project goal today is to fight marginalization to elevate these women to own and raise steers for sale and heifers for milk in order to raise the living standard of women, men children and the entire community. The Maasai women’s goal is to be less dependent of their husbands through property ownership.

The project is designed to help raise the living standard of women and the family as well as the personal empowerment of women. The Maasai community like other pastoralist groups in Kenya lost over 98% of their livestock due to 2009-2010 drought and famine.  The community is still suffering from the effects of this huge loss. To get through the loss, the group reverted to helping the members by small contributions every month on a rotational basis for food and other living essentials.


Accomplishments:

During the 2009 -2010 famine and drought the project managed to solicit funds from well-wishers which enabled it to provide food for its members for 3 months. In spite of the fact that drought and famine still continually threaten the community, the group is still intact and working to achieve the very objectives of the project. The group’s resilience and ability to not give up is a very real, very important achievement.
In 2012 HFAW worked with an individual donor to donate 10 goats to the Maasai women.
Goals & Objectives:

  • To empower its members (women) to own property beginning with one goat
  • To sensitize women about their rights and on their role in the development agenda of the community
  • To find easy access to water
  • To ensure food in every members’ house
  • To bring women into the money economy through owning permanent assets such as land
  • To encourage members to strategize for adult literacy classes


Current Resources:

  1. Financial Resources – There is a monthly contribution of $1.50 or ksh. 150 per member. One dollar (Ksh. 100.00) is shared among members in groups and $.50 or Ksh50.00 is deposited in the group fund as a saving.
  2. Human Resources – The project consists of 150 members
  3. Current Need: These group of women have an ambition to rear dairy goats and camels to provide milk for their families as well as enable them to sell for purpose of economic empowerment.

Maasai women live in an extreme dry land. Due to unpredictable climate women cannot rely on the rains for farming. Digging of wells and/or boreholes will save women and girl children from walking long distances to fetch water from oasis. Many girls cannot consistently go to school due to lack of water, as they have to help their mothers find water.


 

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