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Selina Nkoile is the executive director of Nashipai Maasai Community Projects, an organization working in Mosiro and Oleleshwa villages of Kajiado and Narok counties respectively to address education, gender equality, sustainable agriculture, rural poverty and hunger.
Selina was born and raised in Mosiro village, Kajiado West Sub - County. Despite her upbringing in a traditional Maasai homestead, she seized her only chance at receiving an education and became among the first girls from Mosiro to complete primary education and successfully transition to high school.
After graduating from Enoomatasiani Girls’ Secondary School, Selina went on to earn a diploma in cultural tourism from The University of Nairobi as she continued taking courses and training in permaculture, leadership, social entrepreneurship, marketing, grassroot activism, meaningful youth engagement, advocacy and policy communication.
Selina later secured employment to support herself and family financially. However, as she rose in the business world, She could not turn her back on the countless girls from Mosiro who were still being robbed off their opportunity to receive an education.
In 2017 she resigned from her work and relocated back to Mosiro to help restore and rehabilitate Naning’oi Girls’ Boarding Primary school which was at the brink of closure. Today, 3 years and 10 months later, there are 420 girls attending Naning’oi (which doubles as a rescue center) and the only facility of its kind in a more than 500 square kilometer radius. This is the very same school which empowered Selina to enjoy a successful and fulfilling life at 9 years of age.
Now 27, Selina is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in project planning and management at The University of Nairobi, and passionate about empowering Maasai girls to thrive through quality education, using sustainable agriculture (permaculture) to combat climate change, end rural poverty, address food security & improved nutrition, as well as growing her professional network to create even more positive change in the world.
Nkoile represents the face of a community at crossroads; caught between the need to maintain tradition and the urgency to move with changing times. Her biggest hope and aspiration is that permaculture and sustainable living becomes the new normal for her Maasai pastoralist community.
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