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The Maasai population has a traditional way of life in which the man is the leader of the community and the family. The woman has no representation what so ever at any social level but is responsible for looking after the family, building and maintenance of the home, collecting water from ponds and fire wood for cooking and building the Boma or traditional huts.

In the case of the widows, when the husband dies, the possibilities to generate income to feed and look after their families is practically null and they become 100% reliant on the charity of family and neighbours. Many of these women, depending on their age, when widowed could have on average 7 children each.