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Wasini Women Group
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The Wasini Women Group is an enterprise group formed in 1978 by women living in Wasini Island, with the objective of collectively venturing into income-generating activities. Wasini Island is a site of early Swahili civilization, and its attractions include prehistoric buildings, exposed coral reef, pristine mangrove forests, intermittent bird watching sites, viewpoints and clear ocean waters and beaches. The island is occupied by the Vumba, a Bantu-speaking and predominantly Muslim people with a rich history. The Vumba live a fairly traditional lifestyle based around fishing and, more recently, ecotourism.

Wasini Women Group maintains a boardwalk, a raised looped wooden platform stretching over 500 metres within the island’s beautiful fossil coral gardens and mangrove vegetation. During high-tide the seawater covers these coral gardens, above which visitors are guided along the boardwalk. Along various points on the boardwalk the visitors not only get to enjoy the breathtaking scenery but are also educated by the local guide, on the various mangrove species and other significant formations and ecosystem functions.

Visitors to Wasini Island also have a chance to purchase souvenirs at the group’s curio shop. The Flavors of Wasini Island, a cookbook containing a collection of some of Wasini Island’s mouth-watering recipes as compiled by the women, is a recommended take-home item.  This, in addition to the hospitality of the residents, presents visitors with an experience worth remembering of this beautiful island.

Established1978
Current Membership65
Area CoveredWasini Island
Tourism RegionThe Coast
ProvinceCoast
DistrictKwale
Location Notes

Found in Wasini island, South coast. Renown for its boardwalk over fossilized coral reef garden and mangroove forest

Existing Tourism Facilities & Activities

Board Walk, Crab farming, Curio shop, Wasini Island cuisines recipe book, Bee Keeping,

Current Partners

Funded by Royal Embassy of Netherlands, IUCN, USAID, European Union

Achievements

Support primary education through paying school fees for local children and salaries for teachers, support Madrassa classes, buy medicine supplies for local dispensary, among others.

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Lessons learnt
Contact Details
Contact PersonSwabra Molid
AddressP.O. Box 55 Ukunda
Telephone+254 (0)720 791 412
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Emailwasinilady@gmail.com
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