Successful market model for Kenyan pastoralists
Thursday is market day at Lolkuniani village, about 23 km from Wamba in the semiarid Samburu East District of northern Kenya. Established in 2005, the Lolkuniani livestock market has changed the lives of pastoralists in the area. Traders travel up to 500 km to buy or sell thousands of animals each week. An initiative of the Samburu Integrated Development Programme (SIDEP) and the Samburu County Council, Lolkuniani market is located on an open 5-acre piece of land donated by the community.SIDEP facilitated discussions between the community and the Samburu County Council to reach agreement on sharing market revenues between the community livestock association and the council. The vibrant market has given the community a new breath of life and helped strengthen the local economy. Read more.