Butterflies are empowering and transforming the lives of many women in the village of Gede on the eastern coast of Kenya.

Gede is well-known for its ancient ruins which consist of mansions, mosques and houses that are estimated to be around 800 years old.

Muslim women from a community-based enterprise in Gede dubbed the Kipepeo Project which supports people’s livelihoods are selling high-quality and diverse butterflies and moth pupae to international markets — mostly Europe and America, with the U.K. and Turkey being their biggest markets — thus fighting against poverty and becoming empowered.

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