Women Beadwork

The women from Kalama involved in the beadwork programme now stands at 300 and this was enhanced by the formation of the Northern Rangelands SACCO overseen by Northern Rangelands Trust – Trading (NRT-T) and it has attracted many women and youth to register for membership accessing soft loans for business start-ups and making savings, earning significant income, which helps them improve their economic situations and uplifting their families lives. The Conservancy partners with the NRT-Trading team to meet women where they are, making it possible for them to be involved in the programme while retaining their traditional, seminomadic lifestyles. The conservancy receives beadwork 5% conservation fee and the 40% of the amount received was used to support the conservancy operation and 60% went to support the beadwork women.

Youth Enterprise

To increase community benefit and socio-economic uplifting, the conservancy distributed 26 motorbikes to male youth in December 2020 courtesy of the support of the NRT Community Livelihood Fund (CLF) and registered them with Northern Rangelands SACCO for a microcredit revolving fund scheme whereby they will be paying monthly nominal fees for 24 months after which once they manage to settle the whole expected amount, the ownership of the motorbike is transferred from the conservancy to individual owners.

The accrued deposited money will again be used for another microcredit programme as recommended by community members during an AGM – a revolving fund.

The event of the motorcycle issue was graced by County Government of Samburu Governor H.E Moses Lenolkulal flanged by County Women Representative (County MP) Hon. Maison Leshoomo, Samburu East Constituency Member of Parliament Hon. Jackson Lekumontare and in the presence of NRT CEO Mr. Tom Lalampaa.

Ujuzi Manyattani

In the same measure of youth and women empowerment, the conservancy adopted NRT-T’s Ujuzi Manyattani cause to empower the less fortunate youth that did not get the opportunity to good education or basically those that did not attend school at all to acquire some vocational skills of choice to uplift their demand in the local markets.

Ujuzi Manyattani aims to provide mobile, village-based vocational training to people in community conservancies by partnering with polytechnic institutions. It is a response to a wider drive by community conservancies to diversify indigenous livelihoods and encourage entrepreneurship amongst women and young morans.

The skills offered include masonry, carpentry, motorcycle mechanics, mobile phone mechanics, welding, plumbing, electrical engineering, tour guiding and solar installations and maintenance which are some of the key skills needed with the growing infrastructure investments in northern Kenya. The northern Kenya landscape is aligned to Vision 2030 and trained youth stand to benefit by increasing their economic opportunities.

Urbanization of the north is evident given that there is an international airport in Isiolo, a tarmacked road to Ethiopia, a proposed railway line and resort cities presenting options for youth to earn their livelihood, which is what the Ujuzi Manyattani programme is doing by equipping them with relevant skills. Further to these, the vocational model goes a long way in contributing to the Kenyan Government’s ‘Big Four’ agenda that strives to promote job creation for youth as well as deepen industrialization.

Ujuzi Manyattani


Samburu Saruni Lodge, Kalama Conservancy

Samburu Saruni Lodge is the major tourism establishment in the conservancy and a big source of revenue contributing half of the revenues hand in hand with the Carbon Project Funds.

The lodge has provided the Conservancy with a constant flow of revenue from 2009 and from 2016, the volume doubled peaking in 2019 before the obstruction of the Covid-19 pandemic in the Year 2020 which drove the business to rock-bottom minimum.In 2021 it started recovering and made a record-breaking revenue scale in 2022. The lodge investor is planning to set up a second camp with a capacity of 25 guests, which would double the lodge's revenue, setting the Conservancy toward financial sustainability.

It employs 46 staff of which about 85% are locals. The investor runs a charity arm namely Basecamp- Saruni Foundation, supporting the conservancy with Community Livelihood Fund (CLF) to prioritize transformative community development projects around the 15 settlement zones.
The lodge has six luxury eco-chic villas, they  are open and spacious, each heralding spectacular views over Kalama Conservancy and Mount Kenya. It enjoys over 35,000 acres of unspoiled and wildlife-rich bush, guests enjoy an exclusive safari that is guided by Samburu warriors passionate about their land and culture. The experience at Saruni Samburu is intimate and truly exceptional.


Camping Business

Camping generates a considerable amount of income and the Conservancy enjoys a centric geographical advantage in the North, coupled with nearness to major infrastructural projects like the active Kalama Airstrip, and the tarmac A2 Isiolo - Marsabit -Moyale Highway. This offers accessibility for guests to enjoy our pristine nature in the hinterland. Camping generates about 7% of revenue.

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Focus on Livelihood & Business

Improving the connection between the local people and conservation assets, developing CBNRM and marketing schemes, and building local human and physical capital are key to addressing their socio-economic well-being.

Promotion of equitable benefit sharing from a collective agreement in AGM must be adhered to ensure satisfaction of community members, hence inculcating the culture of ownership to the conservancy.

The community must be guided on how to make money and supported by participatory, competitive, and transparent marketing. The locals should attain adaptive capacity with regular and incremental capacity building programmes with good management and governance. Devolutionary policy should be adopted for enabling environment.

Communities should be allowed to negotiate directly with buyers of their products to attain the best prices possible. By so doing, the locals must have attained knowledge of knowing their market, understanding their buyer’s finances, monitoring income metrics and gaining privilege of open and competitive marketing. 

The community must be trained on diversifying economic livelihood and churn a mono-economic venture of livestock rearing only. That enhances financial and food security as it reduces the vulnerability of people.

Women and youth empowerment is key to uplifting the society thus increasing household income. They can work in groups and join SACCOs to make savings and access credit to expand their business and improving their standard of living. This can be accelerated by introduction of a revolving fund whereby a set of women/youth group is privileged for a period of time until they take off, and another set is introduced into the empowerment loop hence impacting many eventually. By targeting the 2 groups, a big portion of community will be impacted and they are key in driving change. Women can step-up to becoming responsible household breadwinners and youth getting valuable and gainful opportunity and churning criminality and illicit drugs and alcohol abuse.