Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2011
Peace Corps Volunteer Spotlight: Laura Lemunyete
Country of Service: Nepal
Title: Agriculture Volunteer
Time in Country: 1990–1993
Laura of New Richmond, Wisconsin., was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal from 1990 to 1993. During her service she worked with the Nepal Government Livestock Department, working with communities to improve livestock production practices, promote youth learning activities, and improve the village's water distribution system.
After her service, she attended the Center for Tropical Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, earning a master's degree in tropical animal production and health. While there, she met her husband, Reuben Lemunyete, and decided to move to Kenya, his birthplace. She also holds a bachelor's degree in meat and animal science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Currently, Laura lives and works in northern Kenya with Samburu basket weavers. With her husband, she runs PEAR Innovations, which works with pastoralist communities on issues such as livestock production, water source development, environmental conservation, and income generation.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival: Working through PEAR Innovations, Laura helps the Samburu women to produce high–quality woven baskets in marketable sizes and shapes with beaded adornments. Laura and the women will demonstrate basket weaving and design during the Festival.
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