#10Morans: A Farmer's Fortunes

Meet Said Hiyesa, farmer and entrepreneur from Lower Tana Delta Conservancy. When his unreliable crop yields started to affect his family, Said mobilised a self-help group of 33 farmers to apply for business loans through their conservancy. Find out how this has changed his fortunes, and those of his fellow farmers.

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Sophie Harrison
#10Morans: Ten Stories from Ten Remarkable Young Warriors

Last year, we brought you #10women - ten stories from ten inspirational women in the conservancies. This year, we bring you #10morans - ten stories from ten young warriors in community conservancies who have moved away from conflict and started new businesses, become peace ambassadors conservation champions. These young men, statistically the most likely to be involved in frontline conflict and the least engaged in conservancy activities, are now influencing positive change among their peers and in their communities. Meet our first moran, Mbau.

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Sophie Harrison
Pioneering Pastoralists: A Westgate Feeding Trial

These pioneering morans in Westgate Conservancy have partnered with NRT, The Nature Conservancy and Grevy’s Zebra Trust to trial a supplementary feeding experiment with some of their bulls. For these morans, supplementary feeding is a new concept. The question they had: How much weight might my bull put on if I fed him pellets in the evening on top of grazing? And would the value of this weight gain justify the cost of pellets? 

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Sophie Harrison
Peace, Giraffes & Unity - The Story of Ruko

Ruko Community Conservancy was formed over 10 years ago, bringing together two formerly-warring communities. Now, they are working together to conserve the Rothschild giraffe - their vision is to repopulate this area of Baringo County that once held significant numbers of this endangered species.

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Sophie Harrison
Women Unite! Marching across the Ewaso River for Peace

In early October, hundreds of women from different communities marched from Isiolo to Samburu County across the Ewaso River, raising awareness and support for promoting peace, and inspiring other women to get involved. NRT’s peace coordinator Josphine Ekiru was at the forefront, alongside Samburu County Commissioner John Korir and others.

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Sophie Harrison
Business Loans for 22 Songa Warriors

In September, 22 young men from Songa Conservancy, Marsabit received a KES 25,000 business loan from NRT Trading, as part of the Moran Savings and Credit Cooperative (Morans SACCO) initiative, which aims to nurture businesses, stimulate economies, and promote peace in conservancies.

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Sophie Harrison
#10Women: Josephine Aliyaro, Star Beader, Salamis Women's Group

Josephine is a Star Beader in Salamis Women’s Group, Melako Conservancy. They were one of the first to partner with the NRT Trading BeadWORKS business, and last year helped Melako Conservancy top the BeadWORKS revenue chart. Their business is not only earning them money, but increasing their engagement in conservancy affairs; making sure women’s voices are heard.

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Sophie Harrison
#10Women: Helen Halake, Vice Chair, Jaldesa Community Conservancy

This tenth month of 2018, we’re all about the tenth UN Sustainable Development Goal - Reduced Inequalities. Throughout October, we’ll be featuring 10 stories from 10 inspirational women in community conservancies, working to promote social and economic inclusion for everyone in this changing landscape. First up, meet Helen Halake, vice chair of Jaldesa Community Conservancy in Marsabit, and an admirable peace champion.

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Sophie Harrison