Olonkoolin
Nomads
Olonkoolin
Different way of maintaining cattle
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
PROBLEM ANALYSIS>>
The residents of Oloonkolin belong to the Maasai tribe. Traditionally, the Maasai were nomads, but due to various developments, it is now virtually impossible for them to continue their traditional lifestyle. Over the course of the past ten years, they have therefore occupied permanent settlements like Oloonkolin. This calls for a different way of life, such as a sustainable approach towards the environment, engaging in agriculture and economic development.

Agriculture-related opportunities, coupled with livestock farming (the traditional means of existence of the Maasai) will serve as the basis for Oloonkolin's economic development. There are many tourist facilities in the neighbouring Maasai Mara Park, which require fresh fruit and vegetables all year round, which they currently obtain mainly from far afield. By sourcing these products locally, they will be cheaper, the local population will benefit from the revenue and local businesses have a sustainable character due to, amongst others, limited transportation of these products.

The tourist market can also provide other opportunities, such as the sales of traditional, hand-made jewellery and small-scale catering services in the village. Women in particular will play an economic role in this.

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The Greenhouse project

A tomato greenhouse was set up in collaboration with Oloonkolin primary school. The greenhouse also serves as a demonstration space where residents are encouraged to develop agricultural initiatives. Access to clean water means plans for economic development are now actually being executed. The tomatoes are harvested 3 times a year. They are sold to the local community. The possibility of supplying to the tourist lodges is also being investigated. They need large quantities of fresh vegetables.

Microcredit

Part of the Oloonkolin project entails the promotion of economic development through provision of microcredit to Oloonkolin residents. This enables them to utilise opportunities in the field of agriculture, coupled with livestock farming and the tourist market. There are many tourist facilities in the neighbouring Maasai Mara Park, which require fresh fruit and vegetables all year round, which they currently obtain from far afield. By sourcing these products locally, they will be cheaper and the local population will benefit from the revenue. If they earn money, they can pay for their healthcare and that will go towards maintaining the health centre.

Sale Jewelry

Because Mama's now have free time, they can meet one another at the Community Centre more regularly. There, they produce traditional jewellery together which they sell. Training is being arranged to improve quality so the jewellery is better suited to sell to tourists. A start has also been made on the production of traditional clothing. The idea is to sell it somewhere that is frequented by many tourists. After all, they live close to Maasai Mara, the largest and most well-known safari park in the world. That way, they can also benefit from all those wealthy tourists. Once they have a little shop established there, they will have a better idea of what tourists want as souvenirs and they can respond to demand accordingly.

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