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!
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