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MAASAI ARTEFACTS – A NARROPIL WOMEN ASSOCIATION STORY

The Maasai are noble and dignified people who have proudly maintained their traditional lifestyle and cultural identity despite the pressures of the modern world. Maasai women, in particular, transmit their cultural heritage through the famous Maasai beaded artefacts, which also play a crucial role in celebrating and protecting the unique culture.

One such women group that has delved into this handicrafts industry is the Narropil women association, a Community-Based Organisation (CBO) located in Kajiado central. It comprises 100 Maasai women who pride themselves in creating diverse, intricate beadwork jewellery and artefacts, which they sell in Nairobi and its environs. These beaded ornaments represent Maasai cultural values and traditions and form a basis of regional convergence.

The association has also done a water project at Ilbisil trading centre, providing water to the traders and the neighbouring community.

The registrar’s office, accompanied by the Kajiado county team, visited the women group to sensitize them on formalizing into an association. Formalizing would give the women identity and open more business opportunities along their value chains.

Officers from the office of the registrar, registering the women MSEs of Narropil Women Association.