The Maasai Widows

In the Maasai culture, young women are often victims of arranged marriage, 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 means to live. They are typically uneducated and unable to find work, leading to further poverty for themselves and their families.

In 2006 Enkiteng Lepa established the first 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. In 2011, after purchasing their own land, the widows now can 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.

In 2010,Hellen established the vocational training  centre at Enkiteng Lepa School   where widows and girls during their school break make the washable sanitary pads,school uniforms, shopping bags and school bags which they sell and earn their living.