However, this is not just Agnes’ story. In the Maasai community in Enoosaen, Kenya, there are innumerable iterations of Agnes’ story. These girls generally have few, if any, places to fo for support when they are outcast by their family because they refuse to be married and/or undergo FGM/C. Many girls hope that that if they run away from home, they will be able to find some way to continue to attend school.
Seeds to Sew developed the program in partnership with the Kakenya Center for Excellence and the Enoosaen community. We also educate participants about their basic human rights, so that they can advocate for themselves and find support when needed.
The program has since grown, and as of 2017, 25 girls in the Enoosaen community beaded wristbands and necklaces in the traditional Maasai style and have been funding their own education through the Enkisoma* program.
Seeds to Sew builds the market in the US and facilitates the sale of beaded jewelry to fund school fees directly.
As with all of our products, 100% of all net proceeds are returned to the girls participating in the program and school fees and school-related expenses are paid directly by our Program Manager on the ground in Kenya.
* “Enkisoma” means “education” in the Maasai language. Education is often seen as wasted on a girl in Maasai culture, as girls are considered more valuable for the cows they bring through a marriage-dowry, and for the work they do around the farm