We were welcomed by Rose, who speaks English, and by a group of women who danced for us.
Village women speak in other villages about women's rights. For them, that means young girls cannot be forced to marry old men, and genital mutilation - female circumcision - should not be happening. Quite different from the kinds of issues considered "women's rights" in the United States.
We visited one of the women's houses.
I commented that the woman of this house was tidy. Much tidier than I am in my house. The women laughed.
Gladys also speaks English.
The village has a small market where the women display and sell their hand-worked items. Regardless of whose work is sold, the money is shared among all the women. We bargained for four pieces we liked as souvenirs. Their starting price was six thousand shillings ($70.51) and mine was four thousand ($47). We ended up at five thousand ($58.75). When the money had exchanged hands, Rose gave me three extra beaded bracelets. I'm not much of a shopper, but I figured these purchases were for a worthy cause.
The women said goodbye with a dance.
One of the women's goals is to send their children to school. At present they have children in primary and secondary school and one of the boys is going to university. Brent Bruyere, an assistant professor at Colorado State University, has set up the Samburu Youth Education Fund for donations for the education of promising students in the Samburu area, in this village and others. You can read about Bruyere's projects here. Art and I have decided to contribute to the education of Kenyan students through Bruyere's organization.