As the project progresses, so are the number of established kitchen gardens, fruit and vegetable stalls, benefiting about 200 households. Previous beneficiaries have embarked on diversifying their activities especially in areas of marketing their farm produce to earn income, which they use to pay school fees, buy school uniforms and supplement family needs. One great success of this project has been the inclusion of rabbit meat in the beneficiaries diet, because traditionally it was consumed by young boys, but through awareness forums and nutrition information the households are benefiting more from rabbits which they are also selling to other members of the community hence creating awareness on the importance of good food choices at minimal costs. We wish to thank all our donors who have contributed immensely towards the success of this project.
There is a saying that goes; one finger can not kill a louse, we have discovered this to be very true as we implement our project as our donors have been very supportive .
90 households have benefited from the establishment of kitchen gardens, fruit and vegetable stalls and rearing of small livestock. The initial beneficiaries have increased their production and diversified their farm activities, as they earn income from the garden produce and animal products. The weather has not been very favourable, causing a delay in the increase of the beneficiaries who require kitchen gardens.
20 beneficiaries have had an exchange visit, vising other beneficiaries in order to share and exchange ideas, as they learn on better ways of diversifying their farm activities to ensure food security. We hope to increase the number as the project goes on.
" I am very happy, since embarking on this project my children and I have never gone to bed hungry, now I am able to sell some of the produce and provide my children with school fees and school uniforms, I wish to thank all the people who have helped me, may God bless you." Francis, one of the beneficiaries.
We wish to thank our donors very much, without you these lives would not have been transformed this far.
We are now in 2011 and we are very grateful for the just ended year as our donors really did a beautiful job by donating to our project. 67 households have benefited from the project in Molo district, through establishment of kitchen gardens, rearing of small livestock’s, which include poultry, goats and rabbits. The earlier 12 beneficiaries have moved a notch higher by increasing their farm sizes, poultry, rabbits and goats; they have now started generating income from their individual projects, after satisfying their food and nutrition needs. “ I had no hope for my future and that of my children, but when Necofa staff introduced me to their initiatives, I have not looked back and today I have sufficient healthy food for my whole family, I thank God and all the people who have helped me to be where I am today” Ann, one of the beneficiaries.
We wish to thank all our donors for their donations, we believe you could easily put the money to other uses, but you chose to donate for a good cause, thank you and a prosperous 2011.
Our project on Aid Livelihoods for 90 HIV/AIDS Kenyan families is going on very successfully. The beneficiaries have increased as we have incorporated other 6 families into starting up kitchen gardens and rearing of small livestock’s. We have embarked on organizing exposure visits for the beneficiaries, so as to expose them to farm and crop production practices which has been practiced by other food communities in different parts of the District. The beneficiaries had an opportunity to meet one another, share their experiences, exchange ideas as we encourage them to identify their priority areas for better collaboration when funds are available.
The previous beneficiaries are increasing their farming activities through increased food production and biodiversity, increased small livestocks and this has ensured that their food and nutrition requirements are available at all times. They are earning income from the sales of surplus products like eggs, indigenous vegetables, rabbits and chicken, which they use to buy other basic requirements and ensure their children are well equipped with school requirements.
Some beneficiaries have joined self help groups, where they participate in revolving fund project, in which they save their money and they can also borrow loans to meet there financial needs.
The beneficiaries have gained confidence and interact freely with other members of the community, as they have learned to live positively and accept their status, but they have also understood that their status does not make them any lesser persons in the community.
We believe that together we can make a difference.
Our project on Aid livelihoods for 90 HIV affected Kenyan homes, has proved to be a success for the current beneficiaries.
Francis who has been one of the beneficiaries has appreciated how far he has gone, since the inception of his model project. Starting with a few seeds, 1 rooster and 2 hens, within 6 months he has multiplied the number of hens, roosters, harvested indigenous vegetables, cowpeas, millet, sorghum, beans, sweet potatoes among others. He has become the provider of indigenous vegetables, and sweet potatoes to his neighbours, who really envy his work. I quote “ My neighbours all come here asking me how I have managed to grow all these crops considering the poor weather conditions in this area? But I tell them it is all out of self confidence, determination and passion in what I do.”
Francis has learnt the art of seed banking, and for the next season he shall not buy any seeds but will plant from his previous seed collection, which is a very encouraging strategy as in this way he shall be able to maintain diversity and local seeds for future use.
Ann, who was among the internally displaced persons after the election violence, has benefited from her fresh vegetable and fruits stall. She has been able to plough back the proceedings from her small business to increase and diversify her stock, as well as increase her small livestock rearing activity, in total she has 5 rabbits, 12 hens and 1 rooster. Ann is able to meet her food and nutrition needs including those of her children, and she is confident that her small business will expand as she loves every bit of her work.
Susan, with the help of her two sons has been able to plan her small shamba and is now practicing mixed farming. This ensures that Susan and her family are food secure, due to the diversity of the mixed farm, which ensures quality food production by the use of farm manure, and feeding the livestock from farm products like the Napier grass. Currently she has one cow from which she gets milk, 8 hens, 1 rooster and 5 rabbits.
Looking at these beneficiaries, a lot has been achieved in the area of food and nutrition security, but more still needs to be done to increase their income generating activities and to get other beneficiaries on board.
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