The business lines of NRT Trading aim to use the conservancy institutions as a way of incubating and supporting sustainable, community-driven commercial enterprises.
These businesses provide income directly to the individuals involved, but also aim to contribute to the conservancies too. The understanding is that, without the conservancy institution providing stability, peace, security and logistical support (transport), these businesses would not flourish as they are.
With this in mind, July 2016 saw the women of seven NRT member conservancies hand over a cheques to their conservancy management.
The money is generated from a 5% levy on the sale of BeadWORKS products to the international market, and is handed over every 6 months. From January to June 2016, a total of KSH 662,940 (USD 6,500) was generated from BeadWORKS for respective conservancies.
“This is our sweat” said one of the Westgate women as she proudly handed over the cheque to Westgate manager, Chris Lekupe.
As well as benefitting the whole conservancy, the contribution empowers women to have an active voice in their conservancy. In the same way, it is proving to enhance accountability from conservancy management teams.