Our hub model is being adopted and replicated by other organizations outside the geographic areas of the EADD project. However, because information on replication is currently limited to Eastern Africa, we are researching whether replication has occurred in a wider geographic area.
• In Kenya, Send a Cow, an NGO working in East Africa together with Heifer Kenya through the Wealth Creation Project has established three PO/ Hubs in Khwisero, Nambale and Rongo Districts.
• The India-Kenya Dairy Innovation Bridge Project in Nakuru implemented by Heifer Kenya has also adopted and replicated our hub model by establishing two PO/Hubs in Nakuru County in Kenya.
• The County Government of Bomet through partnership with EADD and the Kenya Dairy Farmers Federation (KDFF)* is replicating our hub model in nine sites: Labotiet, Makimeny, Olbutyo, Sigor, Longisa, Mariny, Kipsonoy, Chepkalwal and Merigi. They aim to establish an additional eight PO/Hubs in 2015.
• The Elgeyo Marakwet County Government has also established two PO/Hubs after learning about our model through EADD and KDFF staff.
• KDFF is developing three dairy PO/Hubs in the Naitiri area of Bungoma County, Torongo in Baringo County and Ndanai in Bomet County.
• In South West Uganda, Pearl Dairy, a large milk processor with a capacity of 200k liters drier/day, has expressed interest in working with EADD, to expand our hub model outside current EADD sites to meet Pearl’s growing demand for milk.
Kenya: We have recruited volunteer trainers who not only educate farmers, but also establish gender working groups with men, women and youth. These groups are designed to encourage open discussion on farm-related issues and increase women’s participation in the project and in their communities.
We have engaged three financial institutions (Women Enterprise Fund, Equity Bank and Uwezo Fund) to facilitate trainings for women on financial and business management, and help farmers access credit for productive assets.
Through the Uwezo Fund and the Women Enterprise Fund, 698 farmers (502 women) from 44 groups were trained on bookkeeping, loan/credit management, identification and implementation of businesses, and group leadership, responsibilities and dynamics. The Uwezo Fund provided 25 women-led groups with loans each valued at about $1,100, and the Women Enterprise Fund gave 11 groups loans valued between about $1,100 - $5,500.
Uganda: Our staff completed a four day training on gender equity that focused on applying that knowledge to empower women to become active participants in the country’s developing dairy sector. Staff also established proactive strategies to integrate gender equity into their various roles and responsibilities in the EADD project.
Additionally, we have developed and disseminated a country-wide plan to guide our efforts in empowering women. This plan has led to the formation of PO/Hub gender committees that consist of volunteer farmers and representatives of the PO/Hub boards (5 members per PO/ Hub). The committees will reach out to women at the household and PO/Hub levels to increase accountability and ownership.
Tanzania: Our staff completed gender equity training and conducted an assessment to reveal gender specific needs among our own team. They found that they needed a better understanding of how to highlight key concepts and incorporate those topics into project activities.
A team of seven staff from across the project area have formed a gender committee. The committee has been instrumental in developing plans and activities to empower local women. We will provide continued support throughout 2015 to ensure staff are equipped to effectively incorporate gender equity in their roles and responsibilities.
Since August 2012, we have partnered with Ghoghardiha Prakhand Swarajya Vikas Sangh (GPSVS), with support from the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (SDTT) and Elanco Animal Health, to assist families in 16 villages of the Andhra Tharhi Block in the Madhubani District of India. We are reaching 500 original families with resources including goats, cattle, vegetable seeds, fodder saplings and veterinary medicine kits. Another 1,500 families will be assisted through our practice of Passing on the Gift® (POG). Promoting Socio-Economic Transformation of Marginalized Communities through Agriculture and Livestock Management in Madhubani project will complete its 3-yr implementation phase in August 2015 and enter its reporting phase. Along with SDTT, Elanco and its employees and all who gave through GlobalGiving have fully-funded this project.
Together with our partners we are moving these marginalized communities toward sustainable development by transforming families’ capacities in agriculture and livestock management. Furthermore, women are being empowered to improve their communities’ social, economic and political conditions through our trainings in gender justice, the 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development, and selfhelp group formation, management and strengthening.
During this reporting period, Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (CMDRR) training was provided for the 500 original families. Disaster preparedness is critical for our communities around the world that are prone to events including typhoons, floods, landslides, tsunamis, and in some areas, volcanos. CMDRR aids communities in developing Early Warning Systems (EWS) and family and communitybased contingency plans for: 1) securing family assets (i.e. income, livestock, clothing, important documents); 2) preparing food, water, medicine and first aid kits; and 3) safely evacuating their families.
Heifer India directly assisted 172 original families during this period with 480 goats, 12 cows and approximately 1,100 pounds of fodder seeds/saplings. Training also was provided for 2,113 women on topics including human nutrition, CMDRR, improved animal management, selfhelp group formation, management and strengthening, kitchen gardening, HIV/AIDS and gender justice.
A total of 30 original womenled selfhelp groups have been established with 500 members. These groups increased their savings from about $1,600 in December 2013 to about $1,635 this period. Additionally, 1,000 POG families that have been formed into 60 groups have saved a total of approximately $2,220.