A Maasai warrior (moran) in Esiteti, Amboseli
By Edward Pycraft
An Extract from Dr Tom Ondicho's Ethnographic Report (February 2019)
The Olugulului Ololorashi Group Ranch that surrounds Amboseli National Park, Kenya is home to the Maasai people, an indigenous group of semi-nomadic pastoralists, covering a 1,232km² area of land communally owned by some 11,200 families. The region has remained poor and largely disconnected from the market economy, development and the rest of the country. Access to education, health, water, food and job opportunities is very low, especially for women. In recent years, the Kenyan Vision 2030 and UN Sustainable Development Goals blueprint has put increased focus on development challenges facing indigenous communities. A new system of devolved government now presents novel opportunities for communities like the Maasai to invest in their homelands. Keystone Legacy looks to engage with local & foreign actors and play a pivotal role in stimulating rural sustainable development.