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Kenya, Samburu & Turkana

Near Mount Kenya, 300 km north of Nairobi, Turkana and Samburu women gathered to found Tumai, a village prohibited to men, with the exception of male children until they reached adulthood around the age of 16. Officially created as a women’s association in 2001, this village was born from the difficulties met by many divorced wives, repudiated or beaten by their husbands.

This community is so unique, a way of its own, where women have learned self-sufficiency: trade, sacred rituals ... including the tasks normally assigned to men, ranging from the construction of huts to hunting. All-important decisions are voted by majority vote. For example, they have banned the practice of excision. More recently, they were invited to Bukavu in South Kivu to share their village model with Congolese women victims of rape during the war.

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Women assume alone all the burdens of daily life, including tasks normally attributed to men, ranging from the construction of huts to hunting.

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The women of the village go to Isiolo, a small town 46 km away, to go shopping for the village, ranging from basic food to pearls to create new jewelry and more.

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Women assume alone all the burdens of daily life, including tasks normally attributed to men, ranging from the construction of huts to hunting.

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Sometimes tourists stop to buy their crafts. 90% of the money raised from the sales goes to the woman who created the item and 10% goes to the community fund to pay for health care or education.



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