Through the Bead the Change program, the Africa Yoga Project organization established business partnerships with 20 women in the Masai tribes of Amboseli, Kenya. These women are paid wages to bead unique, handmade apparel and jewelry. Funds are raised for AYP programs and the village, which has built two schools out of the funds received through this program. Our commitment to developing jobs that promote self-sufficiency and encourage contribution to the community allows meaningful work to become a real possibility for these women.

This program has generated meaningful funds for the Masai. After the women are paid for their handiwork, the profits are equally shared between the AYP organization and the Masai village. AYP organization’s share benefits its programs. The Masai have provided two young women with scholarships to pursue higher education, and funded the construction of two schools in their community. 

The Africa Yoga Project organization partners with Wildlife Works, a Kenyan-based conservation organization that produces the organic cotton shirts, and I Love Yoga, a U.S.-based yoga apparel company that supports the sale and distribution of each custom-made piece.

Masai Life

The life of a Masai woman is not an easy one.  Reports show they face many levels of discrimination, both from within their community and outside.  The women have limited access to national health services and schools and Masai villagers complain that the Kenyan government is doing little to support them.  Africa Yoga Project created this program to help empower and build a sustainable living for the women of the Masai villages.

Africa Yoga Project delivers global wellbeing in and from Africa. We practice and teach Yoga with a deep conviction that the potential to change the world lives in each of us. Our bodies and minds must be connected in order to create lasting change. We deliver tools to bring wellbeing to the world, one body at a time.

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