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We empower rural indigenous communities through quality programs in literacy, sustainable livelihoods for women, and environmental stewardship. We work in Kenya and Morocco, in close collaboration with teachers, elders, and community members.


Oliveseed is funded entirely by donations, and every contribution makes a real difference. We are very grateful for your support!

Hellen and Barb at the new Women's Work Center, Emart village, Maasai Mara



We're making progress on the 2nd Manyatta Library! It's in the village next to Olchorro White Rhino Sanctuary in Olchorro Oirouwa Conserancy and will launch it in spring 2024 We're building it in a round style with thatched roof, characteristic of that region. The books and furniture are ready to go in, as soon as the building is finished.


Back in Ololchura, the 1st Manyatta Library has become so popular as a Community Center that the elder has asked us to expand it in 2024.

Aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals


What does the olive tree have to do with the well being of humanity?

A lot! The European olive (Olea europaea) has been a symbol of peace and reconciliation throughout the Mediterranean and Western worlds since the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans; it also appears in the monotheistic religious texts in this way. In Maasai culture, the wild African olive (Oloirien in Maa) has long been sacred as well, signifying both nurturing and strength and still used in ceremonies that honor community.

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