Susan Walker, the founder and director of the IBU Movement, an organization that partners with women artisans around the world disrupting poverty and fashioning change through the art of their hands by providing female artisans access to the tools and training needed to enhance their craft and rise out of poverty and into successful artisan enterprises Paid a courtesy call to our offices in Lewa Wildlife Conservancy on Wednesday, she was accompanied by her friend Pat Mitchell and their husbands. They were delighted to meet our team in Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and later decided to visit our women beaders out in the field. One of the most interesting parts of the visit was meeting up with Jackeline Saina Korosian...

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BeadWORKS' Star-beaders Conference 2021

  Supported by The Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) through its enterprise arm, Northern Rangelands Trust-Trading (NRT-Trading),The Embassy of Denmarkthrough Danida, The Embassy of Sweden and The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Over 200 star beaders from eight conservancies in Marsabit, Isiolo, Samburu and Laikipia counties were brought together to reflect on their roles in community conservation, sharing experiences, challenges and exchange ideas as business mentors and leaders within conservancies on a conference we organized on 28th and 29th of July, 2021.  

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Samburu women turn age-old beading craft into cash cow

Among the Samburu, beaded necklaces are used by morans to “book” girls as young as 12 years for marriage, with the ornaments taking on the odious role as instruments of sexual exploitation. But women are changing this negative connotation, a bead at a time, by turning the necklaces into tools of economic and social empowerment.

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