Indigenous Livelihoods Enhancement Partners (ILEPA) is a non-for-profit community-based non-governmental organization for human rights, community health and development registered in Kenya, with National NGO Coordination Board. The organization is serving amongst the Indigenous Peoples in Kenya with a focus on Maasai pastoral community in Narok County, southern Kenya.
Our history is embedded in the land rights struggle of Maji moto Group Ranch(GR) in Narok South, Southern Kenya. In the course of the struggle, our founders, who were all members of Maji moto GR, came to represent the face of the struggle over land rights. Touch of Love Integrated Development Programme (TOLIDP) – as the organization was known then – therefore became the point of connection between GR activities related to the land rights struggle and other social and institutional networks outside of the Group Ranch
Very soon our mandate expanded in both scope of issues and geographical coverage to address other pre-existing environmental, social and development issues of immediate concern to the local pastoralist community over and beyond the land rights agenda including in the health sector, education, governance and citizen participation, food security, research and Climate change. Geographically, the ILEPA’s programmatic reach grew from being concentrated in one administrative location and group ranch (Maji moto), to covering the entire Narok County and actively participating in national and international processes related to the organization’s thematic focus.