Breaking Taboo Amongst The Ancient Maasai of Kenya

For the Maasai tribes of Kenya, it has been taboo to eat the meat of chickens. Maasai are pastoralists who live off their cattle. Beef has always been the meat of the Maasai. But droughts have thinned the tribe’s herd over the last few years, forcing them to look for alternative sources of income. Operation Blessing proposed something radical—raising chickens. At first, the women in the Maasai community laughed. But soon they saw the huge benefit that raising, selling, and eating chicken could provide. Now, they are taking back control of their livelihood, one chick at a time.

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