"Most women are farmers. For many years, weaving was just an "activity", some side work they did to earn some money. Then when the droughts came, weaving became critical in order to have food. Now women are coming to the center daily to drop off baskets and get assignments to make more." -Magdarena Mutanu, Yatta South Women's Group.
This collective is made up of 30 weaving groups, with more than 500 active weavers. Due to droughts in recent years, the women heavily rely on weaving as their main source of income. Empowering women in business in Kenya provides opportunity for economic independence in a country where women are still on an upward climb toward gender equality. Every woman deserves to have a seat at the table, and when women have dignified work and are economically empowered, their voices are heard.
Together and in collaboration with AMSHA, whose goal has always been to make a sustainable and positive impact in the lives of these artisans, I set to capture this series of portraits that sheds light on this cooperative of women, weaver members, who masterfully hand-dye the sisal fibers and weave them into these beautiful works of art, hand weave bowls and baskets with intricate designs.