MADE IN KENYA
BeadWORKS creates opportunities for pastoralist women in northern Kenya to translate their traditional skills into much-needed income. A business line of NRT Trading, the commercial arm of the The Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT), BeadWORKS is part of a powerful and growing movement to transform lives. By promoting peaceful community partnerships, we are committed to conserving natural resources and wildlife through self-governed, community-owned conservancies and sustainable, social and ethical enterprise.
When women have reliable incomes which are independent of unpredictable rainfall, communities and wildlife are able to thrive – together.
“You feel very good when you do a nice piece and you get your
money. It feels very nice. So, we kept doing it until now we are really at a different level. We feel like employed people. You know you have an income when you can confidently do your own thing. We have come to a level where we can confidently take loans
because we are sure we can pay with our BeadWORKS income. And now we can confidently pay for other things like school fees
or opening a kiosk.”
-Ngesinoi Leinte , Star Beader, Melako
Conservancy, Rendille people