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In the beginning of 2001, Philip and Katy Leakey found themselves supporting 100 families. They lived in the Rift Valley of Kenya, where a long drought had devastated the surrounding land and interrupted the livelihood of the Maasai people. Desperate to help their neighbors, the Leakeys turned to the women, empowering them with the ability to help one another through the production of Zulugrass jewelry. Over time, the Maasai women honed the art of harvesting individual blades of grass, cutting them into small pieces, and dyeing them brilliant shades of pink, yellow, and blue. Today, as many as 1,200 Maasai women continue to congregate beneath the acacia trees of various mobile sites, keeping an eye on their children as they craft earrings and necklaces that combine grass beads with Czech glass. In addition to producing jewelry, The Leakey Collection also produces interior-design accessories carved from found dead wood. :