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In the Maasai Mara of southwestern Kenya, we empower families and communities through educational enrichment for schools most in need, sustainable economic development, and stewardship of the natural world. We've been developing Libraries, Labs, Learning Centers, and other resources for the rural public schools here since 2017, and the first Library and Study Center inside a traditional Maasai manyatta. In 2023 we're launching a Women's Work Center with income-generating micro-enterprises for women, a Purified Water Facility to bring clean drinking water to 20,000 people, and a Community Education Center with the first Public Library in the rural Mara and a focus on sustainability. Through our on-the-ground, locally run nonprofit Oliveseed Kenya Trust, we are part of this community.

Meanwhile, our legacy English literacy program with teachers throughout rural Morocco, active since 2014, has evolved to the nationwide MLP Short Story Competition for under-represented youth, especially in Amazigh lands.

From the Blog

Thank you to our solar partners BRIGHT Products and MPOWERD for these stories about our work uniting literacy and light

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"Once upon a time in the heart of the Atlas Mountains..."

The anthology from the 2nd MLP Short Story Competition is now in print!

Why the Olive?

The olive tree has been a symbol of peace in the Western and Mediterranean worlds since the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans, and that was the original idea behind our work in Morocco. In Maasai culture, the indigenous African olive is a sacred tree signifying both nurturing and strength. It's amazing how this humble tree, surviving droughts and wars through millennia, has taken on a meaning of friendship, strength, growth, and peace in so many places. It bears fruit over time and never stops giving. These are the properties we seek to cultivate at Oliveseed.
 

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