Small Business to Support Girls Education in Kenya

 
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Jan 20, 2012

Final Report

Girl beneficiary
Girl beneficiary

Dear Friends,

You have made such a difference in the lives of girls and women in my community of Elementaita.  Because of you we now have a new school building and desks for our children, adolescent girls have gotten the chance to learn how to make their own sanitary towels so they do not have to miss school during their periods, and women are raising rabbits for income to support themselves and their children’s schooling.  The entire community is transformed and extremely grateful for your generosity in supporting them in working for a better life for themselves and their children.  Our project is now fully funded with an excess of approximately $600.  This money will be used for school supplies, field trip expenses, and additional teacher training.

With my sincere thanks,

 

Monicah

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Dec 9, 2011

5th report- thank you!

Children and teachers in front of new school
Children and teachers in front of new school

To our generous donors,

Our full community continues to be grateful for your generous support of this project!  Thanks to your contributions we have transformed educational opportunities benefiting many children with opportunities that will continue to help them have a better life well into the future.  The central achievement during the last few months has been continued development of the school project because of its immense impact on and lasting value to the children of the village.  Additionally, we also have made progress on the two associated projects, rabbit rearing and making sanitary pads, recognizing the need for economic support

to help families to pay school fees and purchase uniforms.

 

School Project

The school has had substantial progress in the last few months.  As word of the improved facility spreads, more children are applying to attend and the school population is growing each month. Our dedicated and skilled teachers, Ruth, Mary, Cecilia and Naomi are so happy with the new building and seeing the children have a place where they can work and learn comfortably.  They can directly see the improved performance of the students.  One of the teachers, Mary Wanjiru states ” I see a great future for my son and the other children because of the opportunity to attend this school. ”

The progress on this school project has been made possible by all of you for generous contribution which has helped us give children in Elementaita quality education hence shaping their lives. To the teachers (all women) who are working there, that is a source of income for them so their economic status has improved. We cannot thank you enough for your great support, the benefits of which are shown by the assessment of one of the parents of a student, Ben Githinji , who reports ”I always believed that quality education is only for high income people until I brought my daughter here. Since the school fees have been supplemented by Global Giving and PATHWAYS donors we are able to afford sending our children to a school like this where they are getting quality education. Thank you to all who have supported the project”

This is an rewarding period for the community as they enjoy seeing their children for the first time in the new school building, with multiple classrooms, and come to realize the value of an improved educational opportunity.  And, of course, the school and the educational opportunity now available will be of lasting benefit to the community as many, especially girls and orphans, now for the first time will have a chance to benefit from the education provided.

Rabbit Keeping Project

The rabbit project is slowly and carefully rebuilding after it suffered a setback several of the rabbits to illness, a problem that has occurred in several nearby communities as well. The rabbit-rearing group of some 40 women is split into five groups, and has pooled resources to ensure the viability of the population.  Additionally, we are beginning to acquire additional rabbits with the goal of having each group with a sufficient number (at least five per group).

We have identified markets for the rabbits, so the women are motivated knowing that it will be possible to generate revenue once the rabbits are producing. After equipping the women with skills of rearing the rabbits we are hoping that they can use the same skills to rear their own rabbits and be a source of income.  As noted, the revenue from this projct will directly benefit each of the participating families,  especially helping them to pay the school fees.

Girls Sanitary Project

Progress on this component has been modest as competing obligations attract group members.  Girls have been recruited into the project and have been taught how to make the reusable sanitary towels. The project is of value because many girls miss school every month when they have menses, because they cannot afford to buy the disposable pads.  Such absences hurt the academic performance of girls and contribute to higher rates of leaving school early. With affordable reusable pads available this problem can be alleviated.  Additionally, the families involved in making and selling the pads will generate a profit helping them economically.  The parents of the school age girls also have expressed an interest in being involved in the project.

With my sincere thanks and best wishes for the holidays.

Monicah

Inside of new school
Inside of new school
Rabbits
Rabbits
Girls making sanitary towels
Girls making sanitary towels

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Sep 20, 2011

Project Report #4 Thank you!

School construction
School construction

Dear GlobalGiving Donors,

The thanks of our entire community goes out to you for your generous support of our project!  These contributions have made a real difference and will continue to help well into the future.  The main focus during the last few months has been on the school project because of its immediate importance and lasting value to the children of the village; however, we also have continued to develop the two associated projects, rabbit rearing and making sanitary pads, because the funds raised with those efforts will help families to pay school fees and purchase uniforms.

School Project

A key development in June was the finalization of the land acquisition from the Catholic Church thus allowing us to begin implementing plans for construction of the school.  Plans now have been completed, materials acquired and actual construction has begin on site, with full completion set for the end of September.  The school will have four classrooms, to accommodate the various age groups/grade levels, and we also are providing two on site latrines.  The new school will permit us to expand the current program, bringing in more children, and also provide employment opportunities for new teachers.

This is an exciting time for the community as we anticipate being able to move from the church where we are currently operating, to the new building with multiple classrooms.  And, of course, the school and the educational opportunity now available will be of lasting benefit to the community as many, especially girls and orphans, now for the first time will have a chance to benefit from the education provided.

“This is an amazing opportunity for our children, it opens a road for their future”, said one mother at the group meeting, with many others nodding in agreement.

Rabbit Keeping Project

The rabbit project is continuing, but suffered a setback when we lost several of the rabbits to illness, a problem that has occurred in nearby communities as well. The rabbit rearing group, consisting of some 40 women split into five groups, has pooled resources to ensure the viability of the population.  Additionally, we plan to acquire more rabbits so that each group has a sufficient number (at least five per group). Hutches are already in place at each group location.

We have identified markets for the rabbits, so the women are motivated knowing that it will be possible to generate revenue once the rabbits are producing. After equipping the women with skills of rearing the rabbits we are hoping that they can use the same skills to rear their own rabbits and be a source of income.  As noted, the revenue from this projct will directly benefit each of the participating families,  especially helping them to pay the school fees.

Girls Sanitary Project

A second group of girls has been recruited into the project and are being taught how to make the reusable sanitary towels. The project is of value because many girls miss school every month when they have menses, because they cannot afford to buy the disposable pads.  Such absences hurt the academic performance of girls and contribute to higher rates of leaving school early. With affordable reusable pads available this problem can be alleviated.  Additionally, the families involved in making and selling the pads will generate a profit helping them economically. 

The parents of the school age girls also have expressed an interest in being involved in the project.  To achieve this, we have held meeting with the parents to describe the pad making project and to hear from them their ideas for proceeding.  Parental involvement will be of great value as the project grows and their active participation will be most helpful.

For all three of our projects, we are grateful for your support- you are changing lives!

With sincere thanks,

Monicah

School construction 2
School construction 2
Rabbits
Rabbits
Woman caring for rabbits
Woman caring for rabbits
Sanitary towel project
Sanitary towel project

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Jun 21, 2011

Third Report

Thank you from 1 of our schoolchild beneficiaries
Thank you from 1 of our schoolchild beneficiaries

Project Location:  Kenya, Rift Valley Province, Nakuru District, Gilgil Division, Elementaita Village

Dear Global Giving Donors,

Thank you so much for your contribution to our project!  Whether you contributed $10 or $100, your gift has already made a huge impact on our community. I want to give you an update on the three specific projects you are so kindly supporting

Rabbit Keeping Project

The rabbit project is coming along well. Since the group is so huge (40 women) we decided to split the group into five sub-groups so that everyone can participate. Each group has five rabbits and we plan to expand the hutches in every group so that they can accommodate more rabbits.

We are in the process of identifying a better market for the rabbits since in Kenya there is high demand for the rabbits so getting a good market will motivate the women to continue working harder in the project.

Peris, ” Working on a smaller group makes me feel more productive and accountable than working so many in one project.”

After equipping the women with skills of rearing the rabbits we are hoping that they can use the same skills to rear their own rabbits and be a source of income.

 School Project

After a very long wait we finally got the allotment letter for the land we bought from the Catholic church. This was a major progress because now we can start construction of the school.

We are very excited because when the new school is constructed, we will be able to move from the church where we are currently operating.  The church provided a good start to our school but now with construction of a new school, we will be able to expand to meet the demand of the community. We are starting construction of the new school buildings in July.

“Our joy will be to see our children going to a school, which will be conducive for learning than the church hall”, one parent commented.

Another major step we have made in the school is extending the classes up to grade 2 and we are hoping to get a room for grade 3 next year. This means creating employment opportunities for more teachers.

Lastly, the children were sponsored to visit Lake Nakuru National Park by well wishers. Being the first ever educational trip it was wonderful.

Girls Sanitary Project

We are recruiting the second group of girls who will be taught how to make reusable sanitary towels. Many girls miss school every month when they have menses because they cannot afford to buy the disposable pads. This has affected the academic performance of girl child. If we equip them with the skills of making the reusable pads, they will no longer miss classes. Another advantage is that they can make more pads and sell to their peers hence it will be a source of income.

Other activities of the group will be to discuss the other challenges they face as girls and the way to overcome them. These challenges include, early marriage, lack of awareness as far as HIV and AIDs is concerned. We plan to organize talks with them.

The parents are also concerned that we should also involve them in that project. We therefore plan to have forums that will invite their parents to attend the talks. Involving them in the group will have several advantages such as, they will support their daughters and they will understand the challenges the girls go through hence guide them even more.

From working on the past group of girls we learnt that parents also face challenges of buying disposable pads hence the reusable pads will be of great help to them too.

For all three of our projects, we are grateful for your support- you are changing lives!

Monicah

Women from group with rabbits in hutch
Women from group with rabbits in hutch
Adolescent girl
Adolescent girl
Adolescent girl group
Adolescent girl group

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Mar 30, 2011

2nd Report

Women
Women's group

The goal of this project is to create opportunities for women and girls in the village of Elementaita to earn money to help pay for school fees and provide funds for improved educational facilities and potable water by the purchase of water tanks. Many in the village do not have employment and this limits their ability to pay for essentials including school fees for their children’s education.  These conditions are particularly true for women and girls, thus the project objective is to start two businesses – rabbit rearing and making and selling sanitary pads -  to generate income.

Thank you for your support of our project.  Your contribution has made a large impact on the community already.  The women and girls are coming together to help one another succeed in achieving our goals.  This report highlights ourrecent progress toward those goals.

Rabbit Keeping Project:  The rabbits have been productive, increasing from 3 to 15 in just a few months.  Soon we will have 15 rabbits reproducing. In a month’s time the group will be selling at least 3 rabbits per month which will translate to Ksh 4500 (around $56) per month. In one year that would be Ksh 54,000 (around $675).  This is a large increase from what the women were making previously.  With this steady income, a portion will be directed to a group fund to purchase household water tanks (borehole water is contaminated with fluoride and safe water is 10 km away) and paying school fees for their children.

Rearing rabbits also produces with other benefits. The droppings are used by the group members as fertilizer for the farms.  Plus working together has enhanced the community spirit in the village. Since the rabbits are increasing, we plan to subdivide the rabbits so that each group member has her own breeding rabbits. This will make the members more proactive in the group.

Mary, one of the group members, reports:  “We are so excited that the rabbits are now more and that we will start earning an income from it which will help us buy water tanks, I cannot afford the tank on my own. Many thanks to our donors”

Girl’s sanitary project:  The school girls have now learned to make the sanitary pads for their own use and will begin to make them for sale. The need for this girl’s group is emphasized by the fact that we have had girls who have left the group because of early marriage or contracting HIV.  We are in the process of recruiting new girls and arranging for educational talks on HIV/AIDS prevention and other health education in addition to the sanitary towel training.

Esther, one of the school girls, says “I have always dreaded to have my periods because I never had towels, my parents are poor and they cannot afford sanitary towels. In the girls’ group, I have acquired knowledge that has enabled me make my own sanitary towels that I can reuse for a long time. Thank you to all who have supported us

School Project: Because the number of young children in the nursery school/kindergarten is over 80 in number, our plan is to expand the school. We want to add a class- grade 1, once we have acquired land..  Purchasing land in Kenya is difficult and we are working very hard to finalize the purchase of the 2 acres on which to build the new schoolhouse.

Your support has been and continues to be critical in helping us to achieve our goals. We highly appreciate your support.  You are making a big difference in the lives of these women and girls.  Thank you!

Rabbits
Rabbits

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Project Leader

Angie Gust

PATHWAYS Leadership for Progress
Lilburn, GA United States

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