Isiolo is located in central Kenya, roughly 177 miles (285 km) north of the capital of Nairobi. With scarce natural resources, the people of Isiolo find day to day life to be challenging at times. The climate makes farming difficult, as residents are almost constantly searching for rich soil for crops, and food and water for their livestock. On average, the area receives roughly 12 in. (300 mm) of rainfall per year.
Typically, men are entrusted with the duties of livestock, while women perform domestic duties in the home. Women are tasked with constructing the houses of the village - mostly these are made from mud and other natural resources. Aside from building and maintaining the home, women typically work to create hand-crafted jewelry that is used for income generation.