Lives of Ogiek women in Narok County are set to change following receipt of high breed sheep for production of meat.
The 15 Sisiyat Women Group members received the sheep from Ogiek Peoples' Development Program(OPDP) upon undergoing training on management of sheep,establishing successful agri-businesses and creating vision-driven groups.
The purchase of the sheep and the training was supported through a grant from Land is Life.
During the handover ceremony held at a church in Ololoipang'i,Narok South sub-county in Narok County on June 27,2018,Mr Daniel Kobei, Executive Director at OPDP encouraged the women to be proactive in starting up innovative income generating projects.
He advised them to continue upgrading their skills on management of businesses in order to remain economically stable.
"As an organization, we are happy to see families improve their lives.That is why we invest a lot in income generating activities for the women and youth," he said.
Mr Kobei further encouraged the women to educate their children as it was significant to breaking poverty cycles in the households.
Ogiek is one of the communities in Kenya with a high number of its population living in poverty and this is greatly attributed to their removal from their ancestral lands;a major resource to stabilizing economies of Ogiek families.
Ms Margaret Leboo,one of the beneficiaries was thankful of the training noting that it empowered them to not only create lasting groups but also start profitable businesses.
"We feel so much enlightened on how to become self-reliant. This is some important information women need to break free from poverty but is often inaccessible to them," she noted.
Ms Eunice Chepkemoi,Gender and Youth Officer at OPDP,said women required immense support in form of training and link to credit facilities.
"Women need to know their rights in order to make informed choices about their lives," she said, "they also need to be informed on where and how to access funds to start businesses since most of them lack the capital."