The Maasai Widows
In the Maasai culture, young women are often married to older men, increasing the likelihood of being widowed. In this culture women do not have a right to own (or inherit) any property, and teenage widows with children are often left behind when a husband dies, leaving them with no home or means to live. They are typically uneducated and unable to find work, leading to further poverty for themselves and their families.
In 2007 Enkiteng Lepa established a widows’ village on the grounds belonging to Salaton Ole Ntutu to address these issues. In the widows village, women can peacefully live and find ways to work. They currently earn income by caring for livestock, performing traditional singing and dancing for tourists, crafting and selling beadwork, and running a solar cell phone charging business for the many locals who use cell phones.
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