Merrueshi Women Co-operative was established by a small group
of Maasai women who are dedicated to actively participate
in business, social and cultural activities in Merrueshi village.
empower ourselves and improve our community through income
generating activities such as handmade crafts, folklore, and
long-term goal is to alleviate poverty and other socio-economic
and cultural challenges facing Maasai women daily.
and empower each other to start small businesses
and sell quality beadwork items for the world market
and maintain a small herd of oxen, milking cows, and goats
women investment and empowerment in our region
economic and social support to members of our group
and be actively involved in decision-making for maters that
affects our future
young girls through school
to teach good family and moral values to our children
women health in our region
Maasai tea with the women cooperative after a traditional
dance and beadmaking lessons!
women will always step forward and give each others a helping
hand when the need arise. They help each other through weddings,
hut building, and maternal care. Before a wedding, for example,
the women will come together and assemble the bridal costume.
Some will make beaded ornaments while others will make a traditional
and ceremonial garment for the bride to be.
the Maasai society no woman builds a house alone without the
company of others. Some will bring sticks while others will
bring water needed to plaster the hut. These are centuries
old traditions that Merrueshi women would like to keep going
for generations to come.
women also help each other with designs and ideas for unique
beadwork items sold in the women cooperative at Maasai Cultural
Center. When you sit at the table with them you’ll notice
a great deal of love and support these women have for one
another. It is common to find them gathering under a large
acacia tree in the village discussing about children and issues
that women care about most.
women are traditionally artists. Each woman has vast skills
and knowledge to create intricate beadwork that dominates
Kenya’s fashion shows. The irony is that very few Maasai
women have the ability to generate income from their artistry.
Next time you are in Kenya make sure to stop at the Maasai
Cultural Center and support the business of Merrueshi Women
Cooperative. This is a remarkable group of women worth your
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Your stay with us helps support our ongoing efforts to empower the Maasai so that we can make better-informed decisions that affect our destiny.
Cultural Heritage Center is a project funded by Maasai Association
(MA). This is part of MA community development initiative aimed
at helping the Maasai to preserve its cultural heritage at the
same time giving economic opportunities to – specifically
–women artisans from Merrueshi village.
from Maasai Simba Camp
large percentage of revenue for the women cooperative comes from
visitors to Maasai Simba Camp. Women employees at the camp belongs
to the women cooperative.
you stay at Maasai Simba Camp you'll have the opportunity to visit
the cultural center and see colorful and intricate beadwork by
the women cooperative.