Safia Kulow, in the arid centre of Kenya, is in firm control of her economy after she and other traditional Anolei women made big business of camel milk. Now they consider which investments to make to increase revenues from their industry. The camel – long fabled as the ship of the desert – may not be your idea of turning conservative women to some financial independence. Just consider that the camel is clumsy, not so good looking and is seemingly in a constant mourning mode.
But that description cannot be told to the Anolei women group in Isiolo, central Kenya, located 285 kilometres north of Nairobi. Here, Safia Kulow and members are upbeat. In the past year, they have earned a staggering shilling 19 million (euro 176,000) from the sale of camel milk.