Meet Mary Ndilai, one of our UBUNTU Made mums and a real representation of Maasai woman making bracelets in Ngong.
It is through creating the LOVE Bracelet that Mary has been able to purchase a cow and educate her children.
“I have been doing bead work and specializing in events like weddings, but those are seasonal and not consistent. Beading the LOVE Bracelet has given me the opportunity to own cattle and earn more money”.
Mary is a mother of seven and joined UBUNTU Made in 2014. After a short time, she saved enough from her salary to buy a female calf. After a prolonged drought in the region, Mary is happy that her calf survived and hopeful of reproduction in the future. After a long struggle for survival, she believes that her calf is blessed by God.
The Maasai represent the highest degree of pastoral specialization in Africa. However, Maasai often combine livestock herding with other economic activities (such as beading and trade). Because of their dependence on natural resources to sustain livestock as well as their families, many Maasai groups suffer when they are forced onto small parcels of settled land.
Mary is happy to retain her calf at home without migrating, even with all the challenges related to drought in her region.
“I do maintain this calf for future as the best investment for our Maasai Community. Livestock means the world to us! Without livestock, a Maasai male is presented and associated with many difficulties, including the inability to obtain sufficient food, to put up a good house, and if unmarried, he may not be able to attract a wife”.
Though her husband is elderly and unemployed, Mary can easily afford to pay school fees for her kids and also provide food for the family.
She is very grateful to “Engai” (the Maasai name for God) for UBUNTU Made, which has turned her life around.
“I do thank Engai for this project and pray for expansion to employ more people in the community."