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Our model of peace-building builds personal relationships between people on different sides of a conflict and gives them a solid incentive to work together in finding new solutions. We’ve seen how it can work with children from the Samburu and Pokot tribes, and their parents. Now we want to focus on women.
We are inspired by Josephine Lengapiani, a successful businesswoman from the Samburu tribe who trades with herders from the Pokot tribe and has played a key role in ending tribal conflict in the area where she lives.
Josephine shows how business women can also be peace-makers, and in early July we hope to build on her example and identify a network of women entrepreneurs from the Samburu and Turkana tribes, which have been fighting for years over cows. We have asked Josephine to help each woman develop a business plan with one or more partners from the network and build a microbusiness together that can be self-sustaining within a year, while also contributing to peace.
We are currently raising $15,000 to launch these two exciting initiatives: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/invest-in-women-entrepreneurs-in-northern-kenya/.