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New Maasai market opened in Kitengela

Kajiado’s county government has opened an ornaments and craft works market in Kitengela.

The market, to be known as Maasai market, is meant to help women from the area sell products directly to tourists.

The market will be open to women traders every Friday. Its located at the Sandalwood grounds in Kitengela.

Kajiado County deputy governor, Paul Ntiati, urged the Maasai women to take advantage of the market and form groups to benefit from credit funds disbursed by the government, banks and microfinance institutions.

“This is a great opportunity to all Maasai women to grow their ornament businesses for local consumption and export market. I would like to urge all to take advantage to form groups that will encourage more investments,” said Mr Ntiati.

Present at the formal opening ceremony on Saturday were Kajiado East legislator Peris Tobiko and Kajiado County Trade Minister Florence Mutua.

Mr Ntiati said the county government will seek partnership with the central government to build such markets across the county in tourist attraction sites.

The markets will be built in Namanga, Loitokitok and Nairobi National parks that extends to parts of Kajiado.

“We have already identified partners abroad who will market local products in United Kingdom, USA, Norway and Canada,” said CEO Enai Africa, Lanoi Parmuat.