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March 7, 2011
Helping Support Sustainability in Kenya

imageRebecca Lolosoli from the Umoja Uaso Women’s Group in Kenya attended the Market in 2010 (as she had previously done in 2009).

On her return to Africa, she’s used some of the group’s earnings from the Market to build a two-room stone house to serve as a chicken coop.

Much of the livestock the group had been depending on had been stolen or died off during a recent drought. The chicken coop introduces a new and more stable source of income for the women.

The main room is for the 50 laying hens they’ve bought, and second room houses the expensive feed securely.

The group plans to sell eggs to local shops, boil some of the eggs to sell ready to eat, and use others to cook breakfast for tourists staying at the campsite they also operate.

This is a great example of the kind of sustainable change for good that money raised at the Market can help produce.

For more information about the Umoja Uaso Women’s Group, see our earlier blog post on them, or visit their website:

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The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, a non-profit organization, produces the largest international folk art market in the world, and our success led to Santa Fe’s designation as a UNESCO City of Folk Art.