Maendaleo Tenkaraki Ing’uesi
Development because of Wildlife

The aim of The Maa Trust is to support conservation through the sustainable development of communities in the Maasai Mara. By increasing the benefits that local communities receive from conservation, perceptions of wildlife are improved. All of our projects have the slogan “tenkaraki ing’uesi” which is Maa for “because of the wildlife”; for example we have “water because of the wildlife”, “education because of the wildlife” and “work because of the wildlife”. In our opinion, the wider community receiving and acknowledging the importance of conservation in development is the only way to ensure the survival of the Maasai Mara ecosystem. We are very aware that this development must be socially and culturally appropriate and all of our initiatives are bottom-up, based on ethnographic research with the communities involved.

The Maa Trust works in three main areas which have been identified by Maasai communities as their priorities:

Income generation

Education and outreach

Infrastructure and water