Imbirikani Women project, titled “Empowering Communities Living with Amboseli Elephants: turning challenges into opportunities” is an initiative of Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta, First Lady of the Republic of Kenya. WildlifeDirect is implementing the project through funding from the United Nations Development Program. Big Life Foundation is also a partner in this project.
This project is a community based project comprising three women groups: Osiram, Siana and Makutano from the Group Ranch Imbirikani. In just one year, the women have demonstrated their commitment to skills and enterprise development. They have registered a company called Oltome-Nadupo Women Group Company and have 147 women members. The company appointed 9 directors comprising 3 representatives from each group to manage the day-to-day activities of the company.
The overall goal of this project is to empower the women to identify, conceptualize, formulate and implement initiatives that support the sustainable use of natural resources whilst generating income.