Category Archives: Community based conservation

Stimulating community conservation interest in the Mara

The last natural resources on earth are stewarded by indigenous communities. These people have been, from time imemorial, deriving their livelihoods through sustainable extraction of the natural resources. With changing economic times, climatic variations and global viligization, the communities find it hard to maintain the traditional lifestyles nor are they able to easily adapt to the changing times. One such community is the Maasai community in Kenya. Women are the most challenged given that the society orientates them to be least able to access and utilize resource.

 

A Maasai bead-making group leader with AKTF Director

A Maasai bead-making group leader with AKTF Director

AKTF have come up with strategies of making conservation relevant to local communities, influencing their lives positively while protecting the resources. One way ofdoing this is through enhancing the community to establish sustainable economic activities that do not encourage wasteful extraction of natural resources. Making bead products and marketing them has proved a sustainable enterprise that improved the living standards of many members of the community. More than twenty women and men from the Transmara and Narok counties, living within the larger mara ecosystem have been trained in making high quality bracelets. This has affected their lives in many positive ways. All the bracelets are sold by Anne Taylor either locally to visiting tourists or in the international market.

Beautiful people supporting their livelihoods through beading enterprise

Beautiful people supporting their livelihoods through beading enterprise

Recently, the group has received special orders to make “FEED” bracelets which are sold in the US.  FEED purchases the beautifl bracelets from the Maasais through AKTF and sells them in the US. All the proceeds from the FEED sales go towards supporting the hungry through the world food program (WFP). This wonderful initiative has multi-dimensional benefits including improving the lives of the pastoralists and reducing hunger in the food insecure areas.
Beautiful bracelets from Mara

Beautiful bracelets from Mara

Look for this type, buy one, support conservation, FEED a hungry child

Look for this type, buy one, support conservation, FEED a hungry child