Maasai women unchain traditions, use culture to venture into ecotourism

Members of Twala Women Group entertain guests at the Twala Tenebo Cultural Centre located at Il Polei trading centre in Laikipia North Sub County. 

Photo credit: James Murimi | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • A group of 200 Maasai women has ventured in ecotourism, an activity that has immensely improved the local economy.
  • Twala Women Group was started in 2007 with a membership of 60 women basically to pull their financial resources together and empower themselves.
  • Over the years, the women have transformed the community through local tourism by promoting positive attributes of the Maasai culture.
  • Their work was recognised, earning them 40 acres of land donated to them by Il Polei and Monoshoi ranches.

Retrogressive cultural practices such as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and early child marriage have, over the years, entangled women in Laikipia County in their pursuit for economic empowerment and advancement in education.

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