Integrated Child Development
Some children are never given the opportunity to go to school, and many of those in school drop out before reaching the end of secondary school – especially girls. Child marriage, child pregnancy, female genital mutilation and child labor are major factors causing drop outs.
Maa Beadwork is a social enterprise established by The Maa Trust as a sustainable alternative livelihood to generate income for Maasai women and their families. Beading is a tribal art and talent of Maasai women, who have been famed for their adornment for centuries.
Maa Bricks is The Maa Trust’s first social enterprise targeting youth in the Mara. The goal is to provide training and job opportunities for young people in the construction industry whilst simultaneously providing more environmentally sustainable and affordable construction practices.
Maa Honey is a social enterprise established by The Maa Trust as a sustainable alternative livelihood to generate income for Maasai families. Beekeeping is a traditional pastime of the Maasai, especially young men. The pure organic acacia honey produced in the Mara is a beautiful dark golden colour free of any pesticides or additives.
Street Business School (SBS) Entrepreneurship Training
Street Business School is a grassroots entrepreneurship training programme which is open to all, regardless of education level. Even those who do not know how to read and write are welcome to join this programme. This 6 month programme aims to equip micro-level entrepreneurs with the skills and support needed to start or grow their enterprise. To date, 107 community members have graduated from the Street Business School programme, with an additional cohort due to take place in the second half of 2022. The overall objective of the Street Business School is to eradicate poverty by igniting the entrepreneurial potential in Maasai Mara communities.
Our Projects in the Mara
The Maa Trust was created alongside conservancies to increase the benefits that go back to the local community from leasing their land for conservation. The trust focuses on women, youth and children so that they also receive benefits from conservancies.