“It is impossible to find a man who has everything, but it is possible to find one who enjoys the things he has”- Maasai Proverb
Naisiae was busy updating her ecommerce shopping portal when her mobile phone rang.
It was a customer from New York who wanted to place some new orders. This time about a 100% increase from his previous order!
Naisiae politely accepted the order and then “hung up” the phone.
She turned to her brother and said “quick, we need to bring everyone together”.
Sironka then stood up and left.
It took him under an hour to get to the first village, about 15 kilometres away. He only stopped for about 5 minutes and then went on to the next village, this time only 5 kilometres away.
By the end of the day, Sironka had visited eleven villages that day and had run over 100 kilometres.
You see, Naisiae and Sironka live in Tanzania on the border wit Kenya.
They are Maasai.
They also run a fair trade ecommerce store where they sell arts and crafts to people all over the world – like the customer in New York.
Naisiae needed to get everyone together because the order that was just placed, was going to be a huge challenge, but she also wanted everyone to celebrate with this great news as well. It was a time for joy.
Life is different in this part of the world to what many of us experience.
Many years ago, I had the most gratifying experience to spend time there. It is a land that is known of course for the Maasai, but also The Great Rift Valley, The Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Mount Kilimanjaro and as Anthropologist know, the cradle or the world – where some of the earliest fossils of humanity can be found.
Every day I would walk with the head herdsman, the elder of the village, as he tended his cattle. I struggled under the hot sun, yet it was a real joy to learn from this man.
It is also a very cruel place. Drought, disease and extreme poverty.
Yet amongst this back drop, this sister, brother and community are now sharing their story, their culture to the world through their arts and crafts. In return, their communities are being transformed. Medicine, doctors, schools, teachers, university qualifications, clean water, clean energy – the list goes on.
This is the power of taking action.
This is the power of having dreams and not accepting the circumstances that you may be in today.
This is about you, stepping up, being responsible and making a difference today.