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African Women creating handmade beadwork

Creating sustainable livelihoods for women of the Maasai Mara

Maa traditional colors strip

Empowering Maasai women to generate their own income and uplift themselves, their families, and their communities.




community members



are positively impacted by Maa Beadwork.

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Maa Beadwork is The Maa Trust’s largest social enterprise for women.

Maa Beadwork was launched in 2013 at the request of Maasai women who felt they were not benefiting from the conservancies, as rent payments are largely passed only to men. The ladies wanted to be connected to the tourist market in the Mara, and to camp managers who seek high quality local produce for their shops.


Established to create sustainable alternative livelihoods for women living around conservancies in the Maasai Mara, Maa Beadwork helps women access clean water, install a solar power system to provide lighting for homework, and enable their children to start their education.

African women laughing creating handmade beadwork

By generating and having access to their own incomes, the ladies of Maa Beadwork are no longer powerless in their society.

They’re becoming the ones who can change it.

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