From the early 1900′s, March 8th has been a day when the world celebrates the achievements and strength of women across the globe. Fortunately, International Women’s Day has been gaining momentum each year, as individuals realize the power of women. This day is especially important to our company. The Leakey Collection is built on the concept of empowering women to make real change. Our founder, Katy Leakey, had the vision 10 years ago to create a sustainable business model that would give women in rural Africa a means to earn an income, where before there was none. Katy is an inspiration to all that meet her. On this special day, not only do we celebrate Katy and the positive change she has provided to women across the globe, but today, and every day, we celebrate you – mom, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, grandmother, friend, female!
Today is the election in Kenya and citizens are showing their voting power by coming out in droves. The mood of the country is jubilant; all are excited to put the new constitution into effect, and we are all hoping for a peaceful election day.
It is relatively evenly split between 2 candidates, Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga. This is the first time that bio-metric voting will take place in the country. This is where people identify themselves by putting their hand on a device like the immigration departments use for travellers, and vote electronically. There is a slight possibility that voting may extend into Tuesday if the timing of such advanced technology takes longer than anticipated in order to give more people the opportunity to vote. No news yet whether the second day will be necessary.
To win the election for president, one person must get 50% + 1 of the votes. If no one accomplishes this, then there will be a run off in one month’s time between the 2 candidates who received the highest number of votes in this first election on Monday.
You may keep abreast of the election by reading the Kenyan newspaper sites on line – http://www.nation.co.ke/
Photo Credit: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters
Our beloved Gizzy died December 9th. At 22 years old, she had been with Philip a third of his life.
Giz survived in the wild the last 12 years of her life, defending us and her terrain against spitting cobras, puff adders, banded mongooses, feral cats, and up until she lost her teeth, every mouse in her sights. She was our greatest champion, a stalwart friend who never complained, and she inspired us to be strong as she battled with kidney failure, never accepting anything but the most optimistic view.
We still feel her presence on the hill – this tent will always be “Gizzy’s tent.”
A fun anecdote about Google’s doodle of Mary and the Laetoli Footprints from her son, Philip.
There was a group of us out looking at an array of many different footprints early one Sunday morning. In the process we began fooling around, throwing elephant dung at each other with the Dalmatians in tow. Stooping to collect another clump of elephant dung, an unusual footprint was discovered. It turned out to be a hominid 3.5 million years old and upon further investigation, it turned out to be two, one walking behind the other. Those of us there that morning still laugh at the memory and the excitement.
Philip Leakey – Co-Founder of The Leakey Collection
Philip stomped on the brakes after I shouted “Python!” then slammed the truck into reverse. The snake was already slipping away in the brush on a nighttime hunt when Philip yanked him back onto the road. The Maasai in our truck were shouting to stay back with as much vigor as the snake was lunging toward his aggressor. Philip used the snake’s long body against him by flipping the middle bit of the snake over his own head, so that its weight kept the head still just long enough for a quick choke hold.
We stuffed him into an empty feed sack, lashed him on the back of the truck and took him to camp so we could release him in the morning in less populated and safer hunting grounds. About 20 minutes after we unloaded the truck, he escaped smack in the middle of camp. Given the duck house, chicken house, two cats, and grain shed filled with mice, I don’t think he’ll be going far so I’ve given him a name: Thump after the sound we would have heard if we hadn’t seen him. Philip can’t stand the name. Any other ideas?
I hope Thump has pushed off to the river, but I sincerely doubt it – I worry every day now about my Leo and Mara.
Today we would like to introduce one of our newest colors for spring.
“Mac’s Maua” features bright pink grass interspersed with small white, silver, and clear glass beads. Not only are we offering this newest colorway to our wholesale customers, but also as an Eco-Chic 2-strand set on our retail site. Maua means “flower” in Swahili, and this strand was named after an outstanding young lady who is nicknamed “Mac.”
Mackenzie is the daughter of Bruce and Phyllis, owners of Finer Lines, our rep group based out of Portland, Oregon. Here is a little more about the namesake: Mackenzie is a freshman at the University of Minnesota studying Political Science and Psychology. Her interest in all things global started years ago when she became aware of the importance to recycle locally and grew in her awareness of the needs of underdeveloped nations and her willingness to pitch in to those causes. She was an officer in the Global Awareness to Action (GATA) for 3 years in high school, helping organize and run fund raising events such as “Work for Water.” This raised funds for Charity Water which focuses on building wells in impoverished communities. She also worked on “Pachanga,” a fundraiser for Seeds for Hope, dedicated to education in Peru. Her other passion for the past 10 years has been all things theater. She studied, performed in numerous school shows and on the main stage at the local children’s theater, as well as interned for a year at the Northwest Children’s Theater. Her plans are to finish her undergraduate education and go on to law school to put some local bad guys in jail.
This beautiful new colorway of Zulugrass is perfectly named after our very own Denise Ortiz. Denise has been with The Leakey Collection for the past 6 years and is an integral part of our warehouse operations. Chances are good that Denise has somehow been involved with your order. She ensures that all products are meticulously packed to every customers’ satisfaction. Denise is so dedicated to her work that she can always been counted on for special projects or rushed orders. She is also our “Go To” gal for modeling and you have likely seen her on our website or in our catalog. Her “hot” looks, endless energy, her spark for living, and her ability to light up any room are the reasons we call 017A Fiery D.