Last week Tuesday, 89 women from the sub-villages of Loibor Siret gathered at the Noloholo Environmental Center to officially launch the Loibor Siret Women’s Association. The association is the brainchild of our Conservation Enterprise and Development program officer, Joyce Ndakaru, along with the Maasai women in the community.
The association will act as the basis of support, bringing together individual women and the members of the women’s groups from Loibor Siret. Through the association, members will be able to receive tips, advice and help from the various groups and individual members. The association will also allow our organization to communicate efficiently with the various women that live across several communities in Loibor Siret.
The women discussed the intended division, mission, objectives and structure of the association. Five women were elected for executive positions and two women from the six sub-villages were elected as the committee representatives. The women are determined to have a positive impact on their communities and their families.
As members of the association, the women will be provided with microloans from our organization. The association will vote on which women get the loans, with 70 percent of the women agreeing, to come to a final decision. This week the committee representatives are meeting to discuss leadership and the application for the loans. The committee representatives will share the information with the other members of the association in the next week.
The microloans will be used to help fund environmentally friendly entrepreneurship. Some of the women have already started brainstorming ideas such as beekeeping and honey harvesting. The microloans will range from 50,000 Tanzanian shillings to 500,000 shillings, depending on the project and whether it is a collaboration or individual work.
We are so pleased with the drive and motivation these women have to start working towards a better environment through successful entrepreneurship. They will be supporting their families and communities, but also supporting our mission to ensure a better future for the wildlife and environment of the Maasai Steppe.