The program will support over 1,700 people in rural Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to increase income by making and marketing crafts. Producers will be linked with key markets using e-commerce technology.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
More than half of the people in the three countries are living at subsistence level, earning $1 a day or less. Alternative income strategies are needed as it is becoming increasingly difficult to survive on farming due to periodic drought and there are few job opportunities, especially for women. Although all three countries are known for diverse wildlife and game parks, tourism benefits only a small percentage of the overall population in selected areas.
How will this project solve this problem?
Train communities in product pricing and develop products with market appeal; build capacity of youth as intermediaries in information communication technologies; 3) strengthen existing facilities to implement an e-commerce system.
Potential Long Term Impact
Increase the income of rural communities, mostly women, through production and marketing of traditional African handicrafts including woven baskets and textiles.
Total Funding Received to Date: $514
Funding Policy: subsidized/guaranteed
This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.
Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $514 as of Jun 9, 2004. The original project funding goal was $20,000.