Maasai Treasures (MT) is a community level women organisation located in Morijo-Loita, Narok South, Kenya.
They are devoted to unite the local Maasai women for a common purpose of enhancing sustainable income to support their families by making authentic products to sell at markets, both locally and globally.
This initiative is built from the trust that women have the skills, energies and aspirations to work through and with others to improve families' income, status in the communities and effectively participate in the socio-economic development activities in their society if they are offered opportunities to sell their beads products.
MT also believes that the ancient art and crafting has the possibilities to be improved to measure to the expectations of the modern and foreign markets and creation of income for family sustainable income.
This is the only technology that Maasai women own, control the income from it and one that men in most instances have no interest to interfere.
With an organisation of 20 women, members have had their mind-set to embrace business opportunities while using their traditional techniques.
From the establishment in 2017, the CBO has been doing bead working for local markets, and therefore a lot of accuracies, quality and effectiveness is attained.
Most of the MT members are ordinary women, widows, and those from poor families. Any support, being connecting to markets, will go directly to support the women and their families. At the moment, other women from the villages are asking for membership to MT- and therefore have the potentiality to support many women from the remote and marginalised areas.
As it stands, the initiative will reach over 200 women in Loita hills by the end of 2021.