Umoja Haven in Samburu
Have you ever heard of a village where men are not allowed? Such a village exists in Kenya’s Samburu region. This is a village purely meant for the Samburu women to educate on the Samburu culture. A visit to this Village gives an insight of their motive since common factors brought these women together. The common factors include, early marriages, female genital mutilation, domestic violence, rape and sexual assault.
The origin of this village dates back to close to 30 years ago where a lady by the name Rebecca Lolosoli escaped Gender based violence. She opted to create a safe haven for other women like her. It’s with this motive that Rebecca together with other women came up with Umoja village, out of a land donated to these women by the government.
Today, the women have created an economic revolution within the village. This group consists of a group of around 50 women and over 150 children generate income by selling traditional artefacts like bracelets, necklaces, bangles, anklets and other jewelry as souvenirs to visitors. As of children, once boys reach the age of 18, they have to leave the village and join other men in conducting masculine chores such as grazing. They have created a school within Umoja village to enable the young children get modern education. The older women also try to educate the young girls on the forms that they have escaped from, a process that grooms them to become responsible women in the village as they grow up.
The Samburu Community
We encourage you support the local community economically by purchasing their artifacts as this is the only way they are able to sustain their lives.
The women of Umoja run a well maintained campsite and charge entrance fee as a way of generating income to sustain their livelihood.
USd 10 for Kenyan residents
USD 20 for non residents
Accommodation range from USD 20 per person per night