How a Shoe Company Helped Grow a Women’s Economy Among the Maasai

A publicity image from Pikolinos showing a Maasai woman embroidering a piece of leather with beads. (Courtesy of Pikolinos)
A publicity image from Pikolinos showing a Maasai woman embroidering a piece of leather with beads. (Courtesy of Pikolinos)

Before he became a Maasai chief, it was “William” Kikanae Ole Pere’s childhood dream to make life better for his community in Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya. As a child, he...

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