Nov 30, 2020

Productive Asset Disbursement- part 2

Newly constructed house
Newly constructed house

Dear friends,

I am happy to report that the remaining beneficiary women have all received their productive asset. And doing well.

In summary;

1. Thirteen women received a mature male donkey, donkey carts and associated tools.

2.  Fourteen women received goats and sheep combined

3. Two women received sewing machines and accessories, merchandise and additional tailoring lessons.

4. Two women open an MPESA account (money transfer agency)

5. Nineteen women opened new or expanded their existing kiosks. 

Despite the difficulties posed by COVID-19 pandemics, majority of the women are making good progress in their chosen livelihood option.

For example, those who received goats and sheep have since their stock increase on average by 6%.

In total, we had given out 180 goats and sheep, and now the number has increased to 191. The current rainy season delayed a bit, and some of the women faced challenges feeding their stock for lack of money, and hence few women lost some of their goats and newly born babies.

As for the women who chose donkey carts and other livelihood options, again despite the reduced business activities, they have made progress. As shown in the clip attached, some women have made a remarkable improvement in their family's living conditions. For example, some women dug new latrine, built an extra room for their children, and yet others bought new livestock using their business profit.

As part of the project, our team are on hand for the next year and will be monitoring their progress and providing mentorship so that they don't resort to selling their productive asset to attend to other needs.

In terms of savings, we have seen varied results. There are women whose savings have increased by 700% and others just a modest 5%. From the discussion, we have had and the enthusiasm they have shown, we are confident that they will make a sustainable livelihood out of the productive asset they have received. Thank you for helping us achieve such a fantastic result.

We shall update you in the next few months a more detailed progress report, and I hope you will continue supporting our activities. May God bless you.

Please watch the attached videos.

Thank you.

Imbiya and her children
Imbiya and her children
Zainab
Zainab
Fatuma
Fatuma
Hawa
Hawa
Asset disbursement event
Asset disbursement event
Ablo
Ablo
Abdia
Abdia
Habiba
Habiba
Nuria
Nuria

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Nov 27, 2020

Project suspension

Dear friends

 

Hope you are all well.

We informed you in our last report that this project has been suspended due to school closure since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.

Unfortunately, the situation remains the same. We had hoped to pivot this project to support the girls and their family with food at home but due to financial constraints, we are unable to do so.

We appeal to you for support to help us pivot to home support until schools are opened next year.

 

We shall update you if the situation changes in the coming weeks and months.

 

Thank you for your support.

 

Regards.

Jul 15, 2020

Productive Asset Disbursement

Abdia at her shope
Abdia at her shope

Dear our wonderful donors,

In my last report, I mentioned that 48 out of 50 women who started the Street Business School training programme completed it and received their certificate. After graduation, the beneficiary women and our staff embarked on feasibility studies on viable business opportunities available in the towns. The women used their newly-acquired business skills, especially market research well before the COVID-19 pandemic caused disruptions to movement. Mandera County, where our project is located in is one of the National Government declared COVID-19 hotspot, which means there are no movements of people into or out of the county. Despite this setback, about 19 out of 50 women successfully identified a livelihood option that they felt meets their needs and in line with their experience and skills.

In total three livelihood options was identified;

1. Goats rearing 

  • Nine women choose goat rearing as a livelihood option
  • In total 117 goats (13 per woman including one buck)

2. Donkey cart business (8 women)  

  • Eight women choose this livelihood option.
  • Each woman received mature male donkey and a donkey cart, tools required to support quarry activities and maintenance of the donkey cart.

3. Tailoring services 

  • Two women choose this livelihood option
  • Each woman received a sewing machine, necessary accessories and a supply of materials to make school uniform and usual dresses. 
  • Also, the two women are currently undergoing further training in tailoring to upskill them.   

 

As I mentioned previously, this project is partly funded by DFID's Small Charities Challenge Fund. Our success in securing funding from SCCF was partly made possible by the support we have received from you, our wonderful individual donors. On behalf of our beneficiaries, staff, and trustees THANK YOU. 

 

During our recent monitoring field visits, the project team were happy with the progress most of the women were making. For example, the following women shared their success stories with them.

 

Fatuma " I am delighted with my stock's performance. So far, we have one additional kid and a lamb. Unfortunately, one goat had a miscarriage, and we expect two more goats and sheep to give birth anytime soon. My son Abdihamid was excited to see the new lamb."

 

Rahma " my donkey carts have been busy since I received it. I am grateful GENCAD gave us additional donkey cart body suitable for carrying soil. I have the flexibility to engage in different activities. My donkey cart can carry stones, soil and firewood, which means I am always busy. I just secured a contract to supply 200 trips of soil and stones to a construction site. I am pleased." 

We are delighted our little investment with your help have put smiles on the faces of many families in Elwak Town. Such positive sentiments coming from our beneficiaries is a reason for us to exist as an organisation. We thank you most sincerely for helping us change many lives. 

In the coming weeks and months, we hope the remaining women would have identified their livelihood options and set themselves on the path to graduation out of poverty. The beneficiary women's enthusiasm to succeed is refreshing.

 

Thank you, our wonderful donors for making this possible. I am sure you will work with us to continue making a difference in the lives of ultra-poor women and their families in Kenya.

 

This project will be competing for match funding starting Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 09:00:00 a.m. ET. Any donations of $100 - $499 will be matched at 15%, donations of $500 - $749 will be matched at 30%, and donations of $750 - $1,000 will be matched at 50%. Please consider donating to this project so that we can support our beneficiaries during these difficult times and ensure that they don't sale their assets to cope with the impact of COVID-19.

 

Thank you, and may God bless you.

Goats distribution
Goats distribution
Donkey carts
Donkey carts
 
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