The Maasai have traded their bead craftwork in the Amboseli area for many years. As the number of sellers attracted to the park gates grew, the lack of proper outlets and infrastructure began to give visitors the impression of harassment.
KWS invited Maasai elders to organize traditional bomas, or villages, to attract tourists.
In this setting, tourists could comfortably buy Maasai crafts while learning about the traditional Maasai lifestyle.
With KWS assistance, the local communities set up and registered a Society of Group Ranch Members and built three craft bomas/cultural centres at Engong’u Narok, Ol Kilunyieti and Engong’u Kankere.