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Samburu Loruko Project

So far, over 3,400 women have been impacted by the free empowerment workshops and feeding programs that Ripples International has established in the Loruko township in the heart of the Samburu Game Reserve.

Overlooking the Impressive Ewaso Nyiro River

Loruko is one of the small townships in the middle of the Samburu Game reserve.

Overlooking the impressive Ewaso Nyiro river, Loruko has gone through its fair share of hardship.

In 2013, in the heart of the tribal clashes between the Samburu and the Rendille, the entire township was razed to the ground, forcing the residents of the area to abandon their homes and look for alternative locations.

Cattle were stolen, women were raped, the young men were beaten. Yet, despite the insecurity, Ripples International continues to hold bi-monthly women empowerment workshops in the area, teaching the women basic micro-credit skills, life skills and entrepreneurship.

Armed with this new knowledge, the women are able to discover natural resources in the environment and convert them into valuable goods and services for sale.

In the midst of that turmoil, the women of Loruko didn’t lose hope.

Within 3 years, they had built a new township, 15 km from the original site. Backed by constant security from the local police, they have began rebuilding their lives. Less than 3 years later, small shops and settlements are rising up again.

The women of Loruko are at the heart of this restoration effort, working more than 18 hours a day to regain a sense of dignity and livelihood for their families.