Enkaina wa Enkaina is a community-based organization (CBO) that was formed in 2018 within the project Right(s) Way Forward. The project focuses on two counties in Kenya, namely Kajiado and Narok County. The predominant tribe that resides in the two areas belongs to the Maasai culture. In the Maasai culture, male leaders are key figureheads with a strong authority in both the social and development elements in the community.
The CBO, Enkaina wa Enkaina has more than 100 active members. The group is based in Kajiado County and has a representation from 10 different self-help groups that are all active within the project Right(s) Way Forward.
The members have undergone training on advocacy on girls right, market system, ownership of property, succession, and basic human rights on women and girls. The Maasai community still face a lot of challenges within areas of female genital mutilation (FGM) as well as teen marriages. The group advocates for the rights of women to make an impact for all women and girls in the community.
Beadwork to economic empowerment
To increase economic empowerment opportunities for women, the members of the CBO has also gone through entrepreneurship training ranging from provision of training on business skills, financial inclusion, and access to markets among others.
The members of Enkaina wa Enkaina mainly focus on beadwork. The CBO has built an aggregation center where the members can store the beads. In this way they can save money by not having to travel often to get beads, as well as buying beads in bulk for a better price. The center also acts as a marketing station for their beadwork.