Beautiful Bead Work: for Christmas or all year round! “Beads for Wildlife”: a success story for the women and children of the Melako Community, Northern Kenya

Beautiful bead work… Christmas decorations and many other things which allow the women and children of the Melako Community, in Northern Kenya, to be independent.

The Forever Years

Beads feature image FY By Kirsteen McLay-Knopp

Bead work is an integral part of the life and culture of the women of the Melako community in Northern Kenya.  The women relax and bond with one another whilst doing their bead work and the beads represent who they are.  Beads tell a woman’s marital status, age and number of children. Now these women have turned their bead work into their livelihood.

As business partners of the Melako, Werribee Open Range Zoo in Melbourne, Australia, sell the intricate bead work made by the women of families who have had no other source of income in times of drought.  The beads can also be purchased online (see the link below) and among them are some charming Christmas decorations.  About 500 families benefit from this relationship. It’s not about “aid”. The women will not accept aid, they want to be considered professional business partners.

beads-for-wildlife Zebras, beads, ladyThe parched land in…

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