The Samburu people, who are related to the Maasais, are pastoralists. They rely heavily on the local environment to sustain themselves and their animals.

BeadWORKS, a company creating opportunities for pastoralist women in northern Kenya is part of a powerful and growing movement to transform lives. By promoting peaceful community partnerships, they are committed to conserving natural resources and wildlife through self-governed, community-owned Conservancies and sustainable, social and ethical enterprise.

BeadWORKS works with community Conservancies to organize Women’s Groups and provide the training, resources and support the women need to participate in BeadWORKS’ community-to-market value chain. Since 2005, participants have grown to include over 1000 women in 135 self-governed Women’s Groups, all earning increasing incomes through BeadWORKS. This income enables the women to survive and improve their families’ lives, without resorting to environmentally damaging activities such as charcoal production, or overburdening their fragile grasslands with sheep and goats. When women have reliable incomes which are independent of unpredictable rainfall, communities and wildlife are able to thrive together.

Visit http://www.beadworkskenya.com/ to learn more about the organization their collections and how they are using beads to change lives!

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