Livestock as a Business Groups

Livestock as a Business banner showing women in training groups, cows drinking from the trough, and in the field training.


Livestock as a Business Group information tableSince 2011, Water is Life Kenya has been training indigenous groups to be more productive livestock keepers. Click on this table for an overview of  the groups. The groups marked with asterisk come from areas served by Water is Life Kenya water projects.

The pictures below are of the leaders (chair, treasurer and secretary) of all the groups Water is Life Kenya loaned to that particular year.  Also, noted noted next to the photo for each year is information about the groups that started and their results.  Please click on (…) to learn more.


Groups starting in 2016 – 

Naretoi Enkishumu Women Group – the second group from Lenkisem, the 17 members are following in the footsteps of the successful Enkishaiki Lenkisem Women Group. Their strong leadership and cooperation as a group give good indication of success to come, as well as a few members who are also in Enkishaiki Group, who didn’t want to miss the chance to reinforce important lessons! (…)


Groups starting in 2015

Ilaramatak Olepolos Self Help Group –  WILK’s borehole project in Olepolos provided ample clean water for livestock keepers to start focusing on better practices. Olepolos group of 14 women and men wanted to take advantage of WILK’s LAB program to add another layer of knowledge to boost family incomes. (…)


Groups starting in 2014

Iltuati Livestock Farmers Self Help Group– a group of 16 young men from age 16-26 based around Ilmarba, also attracted to join by strength of Ilmarba group’s example. They are led by the chief of the warriors, the first chief of warriors in the area to have graduated from high school. It is traditional at the inauguration ceremony of chief to give a gift. When Larasha, WILK project manager, presented his gift to the new chief, he told him – “it’s not money, because that can be used up, it’s not food, because that can be eaten, but the gift of knowledge. Form a group of interested warriors and we can train you and your group in better ways of keeping your livestock” (…)


Groups starting in 2013

Pakiteng Livestock Keepers –Pakiteng is a name for somebody who gives somebody else a cow.  So, if I give you a cow, you’ll call me Pakiteng as a way to remember the generosity of my gift an our friendship will be cemented!  This group from Olgulului started in 2012 and was trained but did not meet the eligibility requirements for a loan in 2013.  One of the keys to success for the Livestock as Business project is to ensure that only groups who have committed themselves to change receive loans.  This is part of the reason why we’ve never had a loan that wasn’t repaid. (…)


Groups starting in 2012 – includes these two new groups and the four groups from 2011.

Oltukai Orok Women Livestock Keepers – from Enkong’u Narok, also known as cultural village number 4 in Amboseli. Ol Tukai Orok means the black (or dark) palm trees, referring to trees that grow in Amboseli National Park and the group has 14 group members.  In their first year, Ol Tukai Orok bought 11 cattle for an average of $225 each and sold them for an average of $310.  After expenses, the group realized a 24% profit on their animals. ()


2011 MOU signing ceremonyPilot Program started in 2011-

Amboseli Ilmarba Group – Ilmarba is a smaller group, with only 10 members.  The Ilmarba community is close to the Tanzanian border, where a WILK rehabilitated the community borehole.  Ilmarba is the most senior group in LAB program,  acting as mentor to the newer groups, teaching, sharing their experiences and expertise in good husbandry and good livestock selection. They also introduced an innovation we call “Cows on Layaway”, which allows people to select a Ilmbarba group cow as soon as it arrives home from the market, and start paying for it in installments. This has given folks with less cash the chance to build up their herds (the main asset in the Maasailand). ()