• Sophie

The Maasai Mara Mama's

Updated: Jan 28, 2021

It is not often we stop and think about where our clothes or shoes are made, but at Nzuri Sana dogs, the story of the Maasai women artisans is the most important part of our business.

These super talented, hard working women are referred to as "mama's" of the Maasai tribe and are key in keeping their centuries old crafts alive. Their beading methods have been passed down through generations and has even enabled them to restore their homeland through the selling of their beaded designs. They are a pretty big deal! Their methods have not changed at all either, since it first began in the first millennium AD.

There is a strong sense of sisterhood within these groups of women. The beading itself provides opportunities for women to work and therefore contribute to their communities. The women work together in what is known as a "merry-go-round". This means that each of the women save a proportion of their earnings and once they have saved enough, they will gift it all to one of the women so that they can make a large purchase which they otherwise would have had to save for years for. Imagine if all your neighbours were saving money for you and then gave it all to you so that you could buy a house!! This has meant that the Maasai women can be independent, powerful and well respected within their communities.

So now you know, your purchase of one of our collars is supporting this exceptional workforce.

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