Women entrepreneurs thriving in a village where men are banned (VIDEO)
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Photo Credit: Broadly. / YouTube

Photo Credit: Broadly. / YouTube

Broadly recently reported an inside story about Kenya’s all female village, known as Umoja, in Samburu, Northern Kenya

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I came across an interesting video clip on Broadly’s YouTube Channel covering an inside story about Kenya’s all female village, known as Umoja, in Samburu, Northern Kenya. Interestingly, Umoja is an all women village where no men are allowed.

Umoja in Swahili means “Unity”. Umoja: The village was founded in 1990 by a group of women who were survivors of domestic violence and rape by local British soldiers.

I found this episode quite uplifting. Particularly, I was inspired by the boldness and the entrepreneurial spirit that these powerful women have, especially in a culture where men actually do not believe that women can thrive on their own! (Hopefully you’ll understand what I mean once you watch the clip. Also pay attention to what some of the men have to say about this).

There are now a number of villages similar to Umoja village. Many more groups are formed not only to inform women about their rights but also to bring awareness about the dangers of some extreme cultural practices such as female genital mutilation, child brides and why education is of importance, especially for the girls in this region.

In these ‘women only’ villages, women have access to learning opportunities where they take up jewelry making and trading skills enough to help them sustain themselves and their children.

Currently, there are some non-profit organizations dedicated to help these women on their mission to alleviate poverty and become financially stable.

This post was originally published on iAfrikan

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Rahab Mebmer

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