Livelihood and Economic Empowerment

Maasai women have experienced high levels of marginalization for many years.Examples of this can be seen in their lack of property ownership (including land and livestock), high mortality rates, low levels of education, forced marriages, heavy workloads and physical suffering. The Maasai community is very patriarchal, with minimal opportunities for women to challenge these circumstances or influence community decisions. For these reasons, Maasai women are among the poorest in the Kenyan society.NLIPP’s economic empowerment programs aims to address gender inequality, poverty and marginalization of women by enabling them to become self-reliant. Programs focus on empowering women to take control of their own development through solidarity and collective and individual income generating activities.  

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Empowering women to take control of their own development

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Women turn to beekeeping in Dalalekutuk, Kajiado

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Beadwork creates opportunities for pastoralist women in Kajiado

Our Approaches


The Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLA)

The VSLA group consist indigenous rural women who contribute small contributions, enabling them to have a pool of resources. Access to cheap credit is now a reality to these women as banks would shy away from them since they don’t a credit base. Women share out the dividends and ploughing back to the development of their families.This has brought great transformation as women are now active providers in their families and the can have resources to take their daughters to school.

''I Support My Daughters’ Education, Not FGM''

This is a strategy targeting reformed female genital mutilation cutters who have been trained on the negative effects and the legal frameworks, and become ambassadors in the anti-FGM campaign. FGM itself is an economic activity, and these women are trained on alternative livelihood skills in sewing school uniforms, floor mats and development quality market responsive beadworks. The approach ensures that the community women have alternative skills and resources for their families while sending their girls to school and ending retrogressive practices like FGM and early marriage.

NLIPP is a community based organization founded with a premise of community togetherness in advocating for the fundamental rights of the most marginalized and underserved members of the society who are mostly women and girls.


PO Box: Kajiado, Kenya

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