By Christine Tarayie
After a devastating drought that had hit Kajiado County for the last three years, residents heaved a sigh of relief when the rains set in raising their hopes for a better life.
Maasai women who are the most hard hit by the drought are now hopeful that with enough pasture, cows will produce enough milk for consumption and sale.
The Maasai woman depend on milk to feed the family. The women have now ventured into selling milk for economic empowerment.
These women, however lament that they had been forced to abandon their chamas and self-help grougs due to loss of income.
Speaking at Lenkishon Matapato North in Kajiado Central, the women said there is now a ray of hope as women’s chamas have been revived.
“During the drought we did not have a single source of income since milk production fell sharply. The small scale milk production business which we depend on for our chamas was no longer realible,” explained Naipei Osoi
The County Government of Kajiado says more money will be allocated to agriculture in a bid to empower herders.
Deputy governor Martin Moshisho said the county leadership is focusing on enhancing milk production through value addition and providing coolers to women groups to store more milk for sale.