The Leakey Collection founders, Philip and Katy Leakey, live among the Maasai in the Kenyan bush. They wanted to help their neighbors and provide them with work opportunities without changing their culture. They came up with an imaginative idea to utilize the excellent beading abilities of the Maasai women by using naturally growing grass as a readily available, sustainable element in their bead designs. The pieces are made in a non-factory setting, in the homes and social areas of the Maasai women at their own pace. They are paid by the piece and can work as much or as little as they choose. Not only is the entire collection Fair Trade Certified by the Fair Trade Federation, but the FTF actually uses Leakey Collection images on their homepage as the example to strive for.