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A good fit  
Robert V. Lange 
Robert V. Lange
We're expecting! 

Read below about our new breeding herd, and the calves that will be born in late winter. 
This demonstration herd promises to have a real impact on the Project's ability to share examples of how to adapt to climate change in rural East Africa.  
And find out about how the gift of Cypress Hill continues to create new possibilities--and in this case--ones tailored for an excellent fit.

As summer approaches, I'm preparing for a lengthy stay in Tanzania. I look forward to reporting on the progress that you make possible through all your support.
Thank you,  
Robert V. Lange, Founder
Maasai Stoves & Solar Project 
June, 2018

  For the women of Lashaine
Improving lives in rural East Africa 
The machines became the "diplomas" upon training completion  
The Cypress Hill Institute is in the village of Lashaine, just south of
Monduli town. Before it was ours, a vocational school was in the process of finishing classes and closing down.  
The school had offered tailoring, and we received 20 pedal sewing machines along with the buildings.

We decided that these machines would be best in the hands of women who really wanted to use them.  We thought some might want to start small business for themselves.  
The Project hired a technician to inspect and repair the machines. We located Lashaine women who wanted to become tailors, or improve their existing skills.  

Many of these women will start their own businesses  
 These women had clear aims, and the confidence and experience to initiate related businesses. The Project provided training led by an expert tailor.  
Upon completion, each woman received her machine as her "diploma," delivered right to her home. We look forward to visiting them soon and seeing how they are using the machines.   
Meet Adela
Adela completed seventh grade and wanted to continue learning.  But because her father was already planning her marriage, she could not go further.  
But she managed to escape the marriage and ran away to Arusha town.    
There she worked as a housemaid. When her employer noticed that Adela was interested in designing and sewing clothes, she took her to a tailoring course that she could attend while still working.  
"After I completed the course, I used the money I had earned as a housegirl to buy a sewing machine. Because I had spent all my savings, and didn't have more to pay rent, I decided to go back home and start sewing.  I joined other fundis and shared an office for the business.   
But the machine I bought failed after just one year. And I've had to rent another machine for 25,000 Tsh a month (about $12)  
But now, with the help of ICSEE, I have my own machine. I can't believe it. Thank you for enabling this. I promise I will take care of it and work hard to realize my dream.  
Ahsante sana! " 
Great expectations

As weather patterns become less predictable, Maasai men, herders, and village leaders are rightfully concerned about how to sustain their livestock-based economy. 

The ICSEE Manyara Feedlot

The Project has responded in three ways:

You may remember that two years ago we took 46 Tanzanians to Kenya to learn how their fellow Maasai flexibly adapt to drought conditions. Our Manyara feedlot grew out of that initial exploration. A team of Maasai men take care of our cattle at the feedlot. They also look after other herders' cattle, when grass is not available.

Maasai herders
The Maasai love of their cattle is legendary

Maasai love for their cattle is legendary. So it is no surprise that perhaps most exciting for all of us, The Project started its own breeding herd! 

We started with 25 females and three bulls from a breed known for its resilience in hard times. Our cows are a cross between Sahiwal and Boran breeds. Very successful breeds in Kenya, they're known for quick growth, disease resistance, and excellent milk and meat production.

The ICSEE breeding herd

We are happy to announce that many of the cows are pregnant, thriving, and expecting calves in February and March.

When they are about a year old, we will sell the calves to the Maasai. This will bring the Tanzanian Maasai opportunities to get to know these interesting, hardy breeds, while circulating the funds needed to continue with cattle innovation.

This year's rains were plentiful. The grass in our favorite grazing and watering area is likely to last until September.

Staying flexible in the face of a changing environment

The Project is storing food now, ready to provide for the herd when grass is not available.

By taking this approach with our breeding herd, we demonstrate to our fellow herders some of the flexibility required in the face of changing environmental conditions.

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Thank you to Philip Lange and Kisioki Moitiko for photography