As a Maasai woman, Emily faces several obstacles to managing her money, such as, cultural barriers that hinder her from accessing┬áeducation, trainings and financial services. Because EGF adapts its financial literacy training to suit the needs of various audiences, Emily and her husband could overcome their reservations. “Having a Maasai-speaking, male teacher gave my husband confidence and trust on the training, and he allowed me to join the training,” says Emily.
After taking the training, Emily better understands how to save. Due to this knowledge, Emily is using her milk proceeds to save for her┬áson’s education; her son is now able to attend a county technical college. She has also been able to construct an iron sheet house for her family that is more substantial than the house they lived in previously.
Emily says, “Because of the new house, people now perceive me differently, and I have earned respect from other community members.”
Due to EGF’s financial literacy training, Emily was also able to apply for a loan from the bank. She used the money to buy cows and to┬áconstruct a water pan on her husbandÔÇÖs farm, so his livestock are able to access adequate water. Under Maasai culture, women are not┬áallowed to own cows, but because of Emily’s success and the impact CFI delegates visit EmilyÔÇÖs water pan & cows it has had on her family, her husband has allowed her to do so!