After a full year's hiatus due to COVID-19, we are thrilled to announce that the  International Folk Art Market (IFAM) will take place this year in Santa Fe, NM, continuing a tradition that began in 2004.  The International Folk Art Market envisions a world that values the dignity and humanity of the handmade, honors timeless cultural traditions, and supports the work of folk artists serving as entrepreneurs and catalysts for positive social change.  We were honored to have participated in 2019 and look forward to success in 2021!


IFAM 2021

JULY 7 - 18

we will see you there with our unique collection of distinct contemporary and traditional maasai beaded jewelry. 

MORAN MEMORY - multi-layered necklace of glass, bone, and metal elements.    

WOMEN WARRIOR COLLAR - glass beads on leather

MAGADI HALF-MOON - glass and bone beads, metal discs, shell half-moons


In 2018, a group of Maasai women in Kitengela, Kenya, formed the Olmakau Womens Beading Cooperative in an attempt to join forces with their traditional bead craft and develop a sustainable business.

That effort has now evolved into the NYUAT BEADS AND LEATHER, which - with help from our donors - has been able to open a creative hub in the town of Kitengela.  Here, three young Maasai designers are using new color combinations, metal components and other ideas to create sophisticated, contemporary jewelry that reflects traditional Maasai bead work while embracing new ideas.  These items are for sale on the global market.  The team is training 13 teenage Maasai girls in both traditional beadwork and the new techniques. 

Watch the video below to hear the girls speak about the importance of beading in the Maasai tradition.

Acacia Moyo Co-founder Kenny Mann with Maasai designers Betty Tonkei, Serah David,  Naomi Teto and Rispah Simoine - all founding members of NYUAT BEADS AND LEATHER.


   In March, 2021, 14 members of the Kitengela Maasai community were trained in all aspects of bee-keeping in a three-week course that included bee biology, hive building, honey harvesting and correct clothing and technical procedures.  After the first honey harvest, the course will continue with classes on branding and marketing.

...Our trainer is Mr. Henry Muteti, who has many years of experience in teaching Kenyan communities about bee-keeping.  

...The Kitengela plains near the Mbagathi River are ideal for bee-keeping and already host wild bees that pollinate several of the indigenous plants in the area.

... The participants will form a cooperative that pledges to feed profits from the honey back into the community.


ACACIA MOYO - WHERE TRADITION MEETS TECHNOLOGY is fiscally sponsored by Creative Visions Foundation (CVF). CVF is a publically supported 501c3, which supports Creative Activists who use the power of media and the arts to affect positive change in the world.

I'2021  By Acacia Moyo