Emurutoto Craft Centre was established by a group of women in 2006. The women make and sell beads, hand crafts and other African souvenirs. The market is located at the junction to the upcoming Masai Mara Angama Airport, making it very accessible to people travelling through to the airport, which is also strategically located close to the main roads that lead to Masai Mara and Serengeti. The current infrastructure of the Craft Centre is an old building, the building does not have proper windows, there is no electricity, it is not fenced, nor is there water connection or toilets.
Africa Foundation would like to make structural improvements at Emurutoto Womens Group Craft Centre. The improvements needed at the craft centre include upgrading window openings, for natural light, as well as improve ventilation, but also preventing break ins. The construction of a fencing the facility will keep livestock off the property and deter loitering. Construction of 2 ablution toilets and connectivity to water will improve sanitation and attract foot traffic, a layer of fresh paint and connecting electricity will improve the ambiance and lastly training women so they can provide a good service to their customers. These improvements will boost the craft centres roadside appeal, overall security and sustainability.
Africa Foundation have been actively working with the Emurutoto community since 2010. Emurototo village is on the escarpment that overlooks the magnificent Masai Mara conservation area, with a population of approximately 2200 people.
The village is located 5km from the andBeyond Kichwa Tembo lodge in the Masai Mara. There are very few employment opportunities in the village, for traditional Masai community, herding cattle remains a key occupation for the people living in this area, while there are a very few formal employment opportunities in the nearby lodges. Emurutoto has a primary school with 1352 students enrolled, however there is no high school in the village. There is also a clinic, which provide medical care to an average of 400 people on a monthly basis. There are also CLEF tertiary bursary programme that have been given to community members
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