The project in Kajiado County is implemented in six locations (Bissil, Kurket, Emurwadkir, Maparasha, Ntinyika & Ilpatmaro) and aims to support 600 women and girls gain voice and the ability to improve their lives, by acquiring literacy and numeracy skills. 75 women have already acquired a Certificate of Literacy from the County Government, earning incomes through making and selling crafts, engaging in savings and credit activities, and improving hygiene and nutritional practices in their homes.
Adult literacy classes provide women with the opportunity to leave their homes and interact with other women, reducing isolation and enabling them to build networks and friendships (social capital). Health training provides improved knowledge and skills in childcare, as well as in hygiene and nutrition, skills that they did not have previously. As a result of training in
hygiene, 115 toilets have been built to date and are in use in Manyattas (homesteads), reducing the practice of open-air defecation which is common among the Masai, owing to the nomadic nature of the community. 69 women who are members of the literacy classes have been trained as volunteer health trainers, their role being to visit fellow women in Manyattas and train them in hygiene, nutrition, childcare. The team is supervised by a community health nurse attached to a local health centre. The women have established eight self-help groups that meet every week, to save money from which small loans can be taken out to invest in their enterprises. This project is now in its second year of implementation.