Anolei Women’s Camel Milk Cooperative
In the Greater Isiolo Region of northern Kenya, a self-help group of five Somali women started 15 years ago to sell camel milk to relatives living in town. In the meantime, this group has expanded to 64 members in the Anolei Women’s Camel Milk Cooperative, which buys milk from camel herders and sells it up to 70 km away in Nairobi, using a hired 4-wheel-drive vehicle. With the support of the Kenyan Camel Association, SNV Netherlands, VSF Switzerland, FAO and KARI (Kenya Agricultural Research Institute), the women have become more efficient in their marketing, improved the hygiene in handling the camel milk and ventured into new markets. This case study of development support to institutional innovation by pastoralist women was made during the Learning Route on Innovative Livestock Marketing in northern and eastern Africa in early 2012.