William Kikanae1 William KikanaeMeet William Kikanae, a Maasai warrior who has been proclaimed leader by his community due to the efforts he has made over years in helping his tribe move forward…… He believes that women are the cornerstone of the community and should be involved in decision-making, and that the Maasai people should have financial income from sources other than that of the tourist industry.

Pikolinos, the Spanish footwear company, is collaborating with the Maasai tribe in Kenya to produce a footwear line inspired by their African patterns. The collection is handcrafted by Maasai women, who embroider leather pieces sent by the company to Kenya. According to Pikolinos, more than 1.000 women have benefited from this project that has grown gradually since its pilot-test in the spring of 2010. Pikolinos Massai Collection have stores popping up all over the world now.
Today, William’s efforts are being rewarded. He is the true drive behind the Maasai Project.
Watch William below.

Credit:Pikolinos/William Kikanae