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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Teach a woman to bead...

The process of transforming traditional women beaders from makers of personal jewellery to beading at a professional standard for economic gain has not been easy.

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