Image shows women at Ambokili Farm recieving training from one of the local banks on financial literacy and access to financial services. This is a women project aimed at eradicating poverty through women.

In the heart of semi-arid terrains, where the sun beats down relentlessly and resources are scarce, Ambokili Farm stands as an agent for transformation. Through a commitment to organic permaculture, environmental conservation, and community development, Ambokili Farm is not only cultivating sustainable, biodiverse ecosystems but also empowering the women who form the backbone of our workforce.

Improving Standards of Living

At Ambokili Farm, we believe in more than just providing employment; we strive to ensure that our workers enjoy decent standards of living. With over 17 women employed by Ambokili Farm, we are making a tangible impact on the lives of individuals and families within our community.

Take the story of one of our employees, Faith, who, thanks to her job at the Farm, was able to improve her lifestyle and even purchase a goat—an indicator of wealth in the Maasai Community. The Maasai community which forms a large part of the Ambokili Farm community believe that cattle are indicators of wealth. Traditionally, men were the owners of cattle but there’s now a new shift that is seeing women being able to own cattle. 

It’s stories like these that underscore the importance of our mission to provide fair wages and opportunities for economic empowerment. 

Ending Structural Discrimination

In a society where structural discrimination often leaves women marginalised and disadvantaged, Ambokili Farm is working to level the playing field. By employing more women and paying fair wages—which is more than what the surrounding farms pay, with breaks to rest and avoid the harsh midday sun—we are challenging stereotypes and empowering women to take control of their financial futures. 

We’re also investing in the next generation of leaders by providing opportunities for local students to work with us during their college breaks. Through mentorship and hands-on experience, we’re preparing these young individuals to make a positive impact on their communities. 

Providing Decent Work and Access to Economic Resources

At Ambokili Farm, we ensure our workers are paid well and on time! 

Ambokili Farm understands the importance of providing not just jobs, but decent work and economic resources to our employees. From zero-interest loans to our farmers which they mostly use for education expenses of their children; they’re able to grow themselves and their families.

Recognising the unique challenges faced by women, particularly regarding unpaid care work and domestic responsibilities, we’ve implemented initiatives like longer lunch breaks to allow our employees to attend to their household duties without sacrificing their wages or productivity. Previously, our female employees constantly requested for permission to go and attend to their domestic duties and during rainy seasons, they’d often ask for time off to go home and either open the door for their kids, remove their harvest from outside or other duties. This often left them distracted and unproductive. 

We prioritise the well-being and safety of our workers. Thus, we always provide them with protective gear for hazardous work e.g. bee keeping and maintenance. 

Providing Access to Financial Services

We provide access to financial services i.e. bank services and mobile money services. All our workers now have access to financial services. Furthermore, we educate our workers through training on access, benefits and importance of financial services like bank accounts and loans. We educate them on financial literacy, equipping them with the tools they need to thrive in an ever-changing world.  

Enabling Access to Formal Education

Education is a fundamental human right, yet many women in our community face barriers to accessing formal education due to early marriage and patriarchal attitudes. Currently, at Ambokili Farm, only 2 of our female farm workers have been able to complete their high school education. we’re committed to breaking down these barriers and empowering women to pursue their educational and career goals by building a school- one of our future projects. 

Stress and Domestic Violence Reduction

In the Maasai community, domestic violence is common as it is entrenched in some of the traditional beliefs. Ambokili Farm is actively addressing issues like stress and domestic violence by providing education, supporting its female workers and educating them on support services and resources offered by organisations like FIDA. 

At Ambokili Farm, our commitment goes beyond just growing crops; it’s about nurturing communities, empowering women, and building a brighter future for generations to come. Join us on our journey to create positive change, one seed at a time. 

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