Mar 18, 2021

DIVERSIFYING IN AGRIBUSINESS AMIDST COVID19

Tree distribution
Tree distribution

INTRODUCTION:

The Mango Tree Orphan Trust Fund-Kenya has initiated a workable ambitious initiative to boost the livelihoods of 1500 rural farmers through agribusiness. We have launched and continue to implement several agribusiness initiatives with the goal of the project fundraising being $50,000 with $15,675 realized.

The organization organized and rolled out the following activities for the latest quarter:

I.       FARMING ACTIVITIES

The organization, in collaboration with registered local farmers, county and national government agricultural extension officers, and other agribusiness institutions, is undertaking a number of agribusiness projects in the Homabay and Migori counties. The organization executed the following specific agribusiness projects:

a)     Apiculture

Beekeeping is one of the farming activities that the Mango Tree Orphan Support Trust has been supporting the farmers within Wang’chieng, and Upper Kakwajuok of Rachuonyo North Sub-county, Nyawango, and Kokwanyo regions of Rachuonyo East Sub-county respectively. This quarter, we have been following on the 40 Beehives that we distributed this year, carrying out honey harvests, hive inspections, and farmer's training. Over this period, we have harvested 94Kg of honey. This was from 12 beehives out of the 40. The Beehives were not colonized at the same time, hence they could not produce honey at the same time. Some are still in the process of and we hope it will be up by next quarter. Some of the farmers who harvested their honey have diversified their incomes to other farming activities like poultry. A particular farmer sold 20Kg of honey and purchased 20 six weeks’ old chicks to start poultry farming. We want them to diversify so that, in case one venture fails, then the remaining could support the farmer. We are planning to have Beehive keeping as one of our baseline ventures, where produces from the honey can be used to fund other ventures since beekeeping does not require so much input as compared to other farming activities.

Way forward;

  • Identify new households that will benefit from the proceeds (pass on program).
  • Identify new households that will benefit from the new beehives that we intend to distribute.
  • Carry out more continuous training to all farmers so that they have information on how to domesticate bees in the event of any emergency.
  • Identifying key farmers among themselves to be further trained in controls on hives, harvesting, and general management.
  • Carryout more Beehives inspections that may lead to more harvesting in the future
  • Introduce the farmers to other new ventures as a form of diversification in farming.
  • Identify new households that will benefit from the proceeds (pass on program).

b)    Goat Farming

Goat farming is one of the many ventures that TMT-Kenya is currently implementing in the communities in which we work. This year alone we distributed 78 new local Does to farmers, adding 78 new farmers to our ever-growing community of farmers. The goats are doing very well and some have already sired young ones, which will be ready for pass-on in a few months.

Pass- on- a gift

TMT-Kenya goat project has a culture of passing on young kids to new farmers. One is given a got by TMT-Kenya, and when the goat gives birth to a new kid, the first kid is passed on to another farmer so that the chain continues. For instance, we distributed 78 goats to 78 farmers and we expect that all the 78 goats will sire young kids and more 78 farmers will benefit.

So far, we have passed on 25 young kids to 25 more farmers, bringing the total number of farmers who have benefited from the goat project to 103. This project is quite viable since the mortality rate of goats is not so high compared to other livestock. Since the commencement of this project, there are farmers who have had more than six generations of goats. One receives a goat and after three years the farmer has six more goats, hence the population in her farm increases concurrently with income-generating activities.

The Ministry of Livestock has been supportive and it was of great importance in keeping the goats safe. The organization has been distributing calliandra for further support to farmers, which is a fodder tree mostly aimed at boosting the feeds for goat farmers.

Way forward:

  • Continue guiding and training more farmers on the modern methods of goat keeping with fewer risks of diseases and pests.
  • We currently have community veterinary entrepreneurs who support our farmers in cases of disease control and treatment. This should continue in order to keep our goats healthy for improved productivity
  • Establishment of adequate quality goat feeds as a sustainable management practice.
  • Perform routine follow-ups on the farm.

c)     Tree Planting

The period of November 2020 to March 2021, has been a dry weather condition, which has been unfavorable for tree planting. Most of our farmers have difficulties in watering their plants. Water is a general problem, actually in these regions, even for our livestock and human consumption, and as such, it wouldn’t be wise to give trees at this time. However, TMT was able to raise different varieties of both forest and fruit trees (calliandra, cypresses, eucalyptus saligna, eucalyptus grandis, whistling pine, grevillea, and grafted mangoes, totaling up to 4,950 seedlings. The initially distributed seedlings are well established and the community tree cover expected to improve in the next six (6) months with the current short rainfall.

Way forward;

a)     The rainy season is just about to start and therefore we continue with the tree distribution and monitoring the progress of the already established trees to ensure that tree cover in the community is improved.

b)     More sensitization training to the communities on the importance of both forest and fruit trees.

c)     We intend to source for more varieties of trees that will supplement the ones that we currently raise.

d)     To continue linking up with the local administration and the Kenya Forest Service department to strongly intervene and minimize human-animal habitat conflicts to ensure growth is attained and control on cutting down trees aimlessly.

d)    Poultry project

TMT Kenya has embarked on a robust poultry project that involves 1600 farmers in Homa Bay county. These are farmers who have been profiled for poultry farming in partnership with Heifer International (NGO) in a project dubbed Hatching Hope. With this project in its top gear, whereby the Mango Tree Cooperative, is due to receive a poultry slaughter, TMT Kenya saw it wise to come in handy in jumpstarting the process of Poultry keeping to vulnerable farmers who otherwise if not aided would find it difficult to start the poultry project.

During this reporting period, we identified 75 vulnerable farmers, 15 from each region of our operation, and gave them a grant of 20, two-month-old live birds, each to raise in addition to a bag of 50Kg of poultry feeds each. This would help the farmers to start the project while looking for other sources from which to bolster their poultry farming. 1,500 Rainbow Roosters were distributed. In addition, 3,750Kg of poultry feeds were also distributed to the farmers during the same period.

These were the first and the second phases of the project, which targeted 125 farmers. The third and other subsequent phases are to follow in Mid-March through to May. The intention of this project is to help these farmers to start an agribusiness venture from different ventures.

e)     Aquaculture

TMT-Kenya is working with Wang’chieng, Nyandiwa, and Kiwa caregivers on how best we can help/support the vulnerable household through sustainable aquaculture that would directly improve household incomes, improved nutrition, enhanced social capital, empowered women by giving them their own independent livelihood and an improved the local environment that would be sustainable so that they are able to accommodate their families in different levels targeting the cage proceeds.

Restocking of the community ponds

The communities have prepared their previously harvested dam-lined ponds for restocking. We organized fieldwork to assist and monitor the farmers preparing their ponds. On the same note, we managed to help the 4 farmers restock their ponds with fingerlings based on their savings from the cooperative. This has been through the support of the county fisheries office who also provided technical support to the farmers. The restocking of the ponds was in line with the farmer's demand based on the source of fingerling.

Mobilization of others to top up their savings is ongoing and we expect they would top up on their savings to facilitate restocking of the ponds. Through the cooperative society, we have managed to create collaboration with the sub-county cooperative office and the ministry of livestock and fisheries on how best we can support the fish farmers through training and supplement on their inputs

New dam liners installation and stocking

Within the same period we completed the installation of the 9 dam line ponds within Konyach and Kasirawa fish farmers, the farmers have managed to completely fill their ponds with water to the required capacity. We conducted different pieces of training on pond managements including dam line installation, pumping in and out water, pond fertilization/manure to boost algae/micro-organisms development to supplement the fish feeds, feeding stages and routine monthly sampling. The 9 households’ farmers have managed to completely fertilizer the ponds awaiting the fingerlings from the supplier to manure for stocking.

Fish cages

Even though the cages are in individual private premises, we are working closely in hand with the 9 lead caregivers from the 9 groups who play the role of linkage to the rest of the team, they visit the site and observe/practice all the operation as they are trained on cage management practices as we planning to enroll the project to them in the near future for their own operations and management. They are also being trained on cage installation and management, sourcing for recommendable post fingerlings for the cages, cage stocking, repairs, routine monthly sampling, feeding, and harvesting of standard fish to the market. Again, on the same monthly TMT conducted business management skills to equip the caregivers with the information of how best they can run their businesses on the following sub-topics;

  • Drawing business plan and market survey.
  • Customer care and retention.
  • Profit and loss account books.
  • Profit maximization.
  • Risk and opportunities within their business.
  • Expansion and savings.

Household survey findings

TMT conducted a physical interview with the caregivers and the orphans and the following were our findings;

  • A concern when it comes to caregivers/beneficiaries' health status as they lack information on how to acquire health insurance cards, monthly deposits and its importance due to the extreme poverty level on the caregivers.
  • High level of dependency as a result of HIV/AIDS which as accelerated challenges to the communities when it comes to food insecurity, high number of orphaned children left under the care of unemployed widows and vulnerable caregivers.
  • High risk of HIV and poor sexual health due to the high prevalence of sexual exploitation linked to lake fishing.
  • The major source of income is fishing in the Lake Victoria and is slowly becoming unreliable due to destruction of fish breeding areas and overfishing.
  • Due to unreliable climates and the global impacts within the area which have resulted to reduced farm produce leading to great food insecurity and nutrition effects.
  • Extremely high number of vulnerable households with are single-headed with women who fully depend on relationships with fishermen in order to participate in the fishing industry for their livelihoods.
  • Migration of caregivers with their orphans from beach to beach as a result of COVID 19 and in search of fish which have affected their livelihoods.
  • High number of gender based violent/young children defilement and abuse cases within the region.

Harvesting of fish cages in Kiwa

We managed to harvest and make sales of fish from 4 cages for a period of 2 weeks. The market price was Ksh.300 per kg of fish.

With the four cages, 2886 Kgs of fish was realized and part of the proceeds have been plowed back to help in restocking and also aid in paying fees for one of the girls in secondary day school among the vulnerable household.

Way forward

  • TMT will channel the little proceeds from the cages to support beneficiaries more so the vulnerable whose rights have been violated/abused, school fees of the orphans in school and those joining secondary, to boost caregivers’ small/medium/micro-business within the Island so that they can take good care of their households and lastly to support the restocking process of the cages.
  • Continue with the training recipient farmers on group savings and loaning activities and sales of mature fish from the remaining fish cages.
  • To stock the newly installed dam line ponds.
  • To monitor the progress of the project.
  • To collaborate further with the county Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, sub-county Cooperative Society Office, and any other organization to support on-field school training and any other adjustment for the project.

Challenges

  • Due to the effects of global warming, we have had a share of its impact in our project area and specifically the earth ponds along the lake and 2 dam liners this has been aggravated by the inconsiderate sand mining along the lake, we, therefore, are working on improving environmental cover by promoting tree plantation cover.
  • Imbalance growth rate; happened due to struggling for existence as the strong fish would capture feeds and scare away the weak ones during feeding time. To solve these, TMT would wish to improve to circular cages.
  • Mortalities; from the sample data, we realized high mortality records from the cages, we expected these to be as a result of the escape of fingerlings from the cages and struggling of fish during feeding resulting in deaths. We would wish to expand on bigger circular cages for more spacing during feeding though they are quite expensive.

 

 

SUCCESS FACTOR

The organization has been able to make use of the amount raised in the various projects that are of benefit to the organization indicated in the projects mentioned above.

Challenges

  • We are still unable to run our poultry incubators because they need 100 percent electricity supply and without which we may incur losses in this project. We currently have 1-day-old chicks sourced from other farms, which is a little expensive.
  • Funding remains a key challenge for the implementation of this project as the funds raised have not been sufficient for the successful implementation of the activities.
  • We've fully started our fish cages project, unfortunately, we've lost a lot due to wandering fish predators, which have destroyed our cages and allowed most of our fish to escape.
  • With our poultry project moving on well, we like to appeal for more funding so that more farmers would benefit from this project.

II.     Plans for Next Quarter

  • The third and fourth phases of the poultry gift pass on is to take place in the next quarter, whereby more than 50 farmers are going to start poultry agribusinesses.
  • More training for the new households on beehives management and timely harvesting and the new poultry farmers in best practices in poultry keeping.
  • The loaning process which has to benefit farmers to start poultry farming is in the process and is likely to commence in the next quarter.
  • Supporting the beneficiaries on the processing of pure natural honey, packaging, and marketing.
  • Install a solar panel at the poultry farm to be able to start another round of incubation if funds allow
  • More goats will be passed on to other farmers to increase the placement target.
Feb 8, 2021

GIRL'S EMPOWERMENT AMIDST COVID19 EFFECTS

Assessment for Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy
Assessment for Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy

PROJECT SUMMARY

The Mango Tree Orphan Support Trust Kenya is currently implementing a “girls for the future” intervention in North Rachuonyo Sub-County.

This project encompasses two great projects dubbed “Women’s Empowerment Project” and “Rescue Centre”. The Women’s Empowerment Project endeavors to eradicate the education barriers that prevent girls from regularly attending school and to empower them to achieve their full potentials. This project targets 600 girls in both primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education. The Rescue centre helps in supporting girls young girls sexually abused, forced into early marriage, and those physically assaulted through domestic violence in the community by providing them with a safe space away from the perpetrators of such heinous acts.

These two projects under the Girls for the Future aims to:

1)     Recruit 600 vulnerable girls who had dropped out of school to join an apprenticeship so that they will be able to meet their family's basic needs.

2)     Equip the girls with knowledge and skill in computer applications.

3)     Create linkages to the various job markets and provide opportunities for business start-ups.

4)     Provision of start-up kits after completion of the apprenticeship program

5)     Enrol those who have acquired relevant skills in the program at the National Industrial Trade Authority examination to acquire certification.

6)     Provide psychosocial and Counselling support to the survivors

7)     Create awareness on gender-based violence and children’s rights

8)     Conduct Reproductive Health and empowerment Seminars

9)     Offer Alternative Family Based Care (AFBC)

10)  Support in crafting of Skills work

 

Activity Progress

  • Within a period of 6 months, the project trained 20 girls in different courses such as catering, tailoring, hairdressing and beauty therapy. During their course period, they have a session of computer classes that all of them attended and they are well equipped with the skills.
  • Carried out an assessment through the support of a Tutor from Vera Beauty College (a well-known College in Kenya producing skilled students in Hairdressing and beauty therapy). The assessment was well done on all units of the course. Currently, the project plans have another assessment done in preparation for the girls’ graduation.
  • The girls who completed and graduated in the previous year have been attached and are now earning income and supporting their families with the businesses they are doing which are related to what they learned in apprenticeship.
  • Attached 3 girls who did catering in the best hotels around for attachment and got relevant knowledge and skills. These girls have started earning an income because they are now invited for catering services in different ceremonies and work.
  • A further 20 girls are to be graduated by end of April 2021, this is due to the effects of Covid 19 which at some points interfered with our programs and we expect to give them the startup kits at the end of the course.
  • Most of the rescued girls undergo a lot of trauma and so counseling becomes much more basic than any other support. Some who were raped by their fathers do not even want to go back home though after a lot of therapy and creation of awareness to them on how to help go about SGBV cases they open up and would request to go back home. Psychosocial and counseling sessions offered to 46 survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.
  • Some of the survivors feel that sharing cases of SGBV is embarrassing and so they would shy not putting in mind the outcomes and so this forces us to create awareness to AGYW (adolescent girls and young women) such that in case they are faced with any then quick and appropriate measures are taken to help prevent any eventuality
  • The parents are also taken through good parenting skills. This is because some of the parents do not even care where their children are or doing at and at what time and so they have to know that they are the first teachers and as well the mirror to their children
  • Besides the rescue centre, which offers a safe home for the survivors, the organization managed to continue supporting 20 highly vulnerable OVC at AFBC (Alternative Family-based Care) by providing foodstuff, medical care, and regular visits.

Challenges

  • We recruited 40 girls to join the apprenticeship program, and we experienced dropouts due to Covid 19, which brought about issues of social distance and the premise we currently have can only accommodate few girls when we observed social distance.
  • Power blackouts where the saloon is located, so we need to have a backup such that the training can go on even when power is not available.
  • We need to have another well-established saloon located is another area of operation where many girls who dropped out are coming from due to the distance covered where the existing saloon is located..
  • Inadequate funds to buy a full start-up kit for the girls graduating from the apprenticeship program.
  • The COVID 19 pandemic became the main challenging issue since schools were closed and a lot of rape, sexual and gender-based violence, as well physical assault cases became so rampant all over the country and some of the caregivers never wanted to report cases as they thought that settling them at the village level would be better
  • Cases at the court tend to take too long until some of the survivors lose patience and this becomes challenging as they give up and do not want to attend court sessions any more

Next quarter activities

  • Graduating of the girls and enrolling new girls in the apprenticeship
  • Inviting assessors to conduct an assessment on the units covered by each course
  • Involving vulnerable women who have been identified in the community that have been affected by the Sexual gender based violence in an apprenticeship program
  • Strengthen the incubation and entrepreneurship center/resource center
  • Creation of GBV awareness
  • Organizing girls clubs in different regions
  • Offering psychosocial support at Alternative Family-based Care homes
  • Organizing health reproductive talk session
  • Creation of awareness on children’s rights
Nov 18, 2020

DIVERSIFYING IN AGRIBUSINESS

Bee farmers undergoing training
Bee farmers undergoing training

INTRODUCTION:

The Mango Tree Orphan Trust Fund-Kenya has initiated a workable ambitious initiative to boost the livelihoods of 1500 rural farmers through agribusiness. We have launched and continue to implement several agribusiness initiatives with the goal of the project fundraising being $50,000 with $15,675 realized.

The organization organized and rolled out the following activities for the latest quarter:

I.       FARMING ACTIVITIES

The organization, in collaboration with registered local farmers, county and national government agricultural extension officers, and other agribusiness institutions, is undertaking a number of agribusiness projects in the Homabay and Migori counties. The organization executed the following specific agribusiness projects:

a)     Apiculture

The Mango Tree Orphan Support Trust-Kenya has distributed 40 beehives to farmers that have all attracted bee colonies and have done well. There were plans to carry out the first bee harvest during the month of September 2020, but due to the government's restriction of the dark to dawn curfew that hinders movement and thus makes it impossible to carry out harvesting as this is the best time when the bees are docile. However, eight (8) farmers risked the situation and made some harvests during the period July-September 2020 with the processing of honey still in progress. As part of the transition to other disadvantaged households, the farmers decided that the office could subtract 10% of the total production per harvest. COVID-19 has had an effect on bee farmers' training, as farmers cannot gather for sessions.

Way forward;

  • Carry out more continuous training to all farmers so that they have information on how to domesticate bees in the event of any emergency.
  • Identifying key farmers among themselves to be further trained in controls on hives, harvesting, and general management.
  • Plan for harvesting early next month and processing of honey as soon as the lifting of the limitation of the curfew hour.
  • Deduct 10% of the proceeds and purchase more hives for new households.
  • Identify new households that will benefit from the proceeds (pass on program).

b)    Aquaculture

With both the dam liner and earth ponds, aquaculture is one of the projects that have been functioning for a long time, with more focus now being on fish cages as it has a faster return compared to the ponds.

As a demo, the TMT-K model farm supported farmers with on-site fishpond management training and feeding skills. Due to the better outcome of the model farm ponds obtained during harvesting, this has boosted the farmer's morale. For the period ending July-September 2020, we restocked the ponds with fingerlings.

Sustainability of the ponds

Two (2) farmers that initially graduated, are now self-reliant and doing well with the project over the period under review. The farmers are still struggling to make ends meet with the project, despite the numerous challenges experienced due to the global warming impacts resulting in flooding and causing the wash-away and submergence of ponds. Ten (10) other farmers who had their savings with the cooperative are now in the process of replenishing the ponds, although the feeding challenge remains because the initial income cannot manage the ponds completely.

Reviving of the ponds

TMT is working on the installation of new dam liner ponds for already identified farmers as the affected farmers revive their ponds, where they dig new ponds on higher grounds to mitigate the effects of floods.

Fish cage

The fish cage project supports 58 beneficiaries with 30 caregivers from Kiwa Island and 71 beneficiaries from Nyandiwa village. The Community Service Volunteers assist in feeding and management with a scheduled weekly visit to the community done for onsite training and monitoring purposes. The livelihood project has organized and supported the community in different projects including:

With 30 caregivers from Kiwa Island and 71 beneficiaries from Nyandiwa village, the fish cage project supports 58 recipients. With a scheduled weekly visit to the community for onsite training and monitoring purposes, the Community Service Volunteers assist with feeding and management of the fish cages. The livelihood project has organized and supported the community in various projects, including

  • Engaging their children during this period of COVID-19 in village learning schools to prevent idleness.
  • Involving both volunteers and caregivers in agricultural projects, such as vegetable planting within the island, to promote food security in the island's missing vegetable/green line.

Way forward

  • Follow-up and evaluation of progress made by fish farmers and installation of new dam liner ponds
  • More training for farmers in the management of ponds and fish cages.
  • Evaluations of Household Vulnerability (Nyandiwa group)
  • Sale of mature fish, repair and replenishment of cages of fish
  • Train recipient farmers on group savings and loaning activities

 

c)     Goat Farming

Since its start, the goat project has been advancing well. In July-September 2020, there was an increase in the birth rate of 68%.

Pass- on- a gift

TMT held a pass-on-gift ceremony where initial beneficial farmers gave four (4) upgraded goats to new households who were waiting for such an opportunity to receive crossbreed goats.

Those who succeeded in transferring the goats to new households felt satisfied that the goal of the first cycle was achieved and promised to manage the parent stock to generate more children for their households. At the same time, there is more encouragement and motivation for new households to do the same for the next beneficiaries.

The Ministry of Livestock was supportive and it was of great importance in keeping the goats safe. The organization has been distributing calliandra for further support to farmers, which is a fodder tree mostly aimed at boosting the feeds for goat farmers.

Way forward:

  • Continue to monitor any outbreak of infectious diseases, vaccination, and prompt treatment of the goats with the County Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.
  • More Distribution to beneficiaries of the fodder trees and legumes and training them in feed management
  • Establishment of adequate quality goat feeds as a sustainable management practice.
  • Perform routine follow-ups on the farm.

d)    Tree Planting

During the July-September 2020 reporting period, TMT was able to raise different varieties of both forest and fruit trees (calliandra, cypresses, eucalyptus saligna, eucalyptus grandis, whistling pine, grevillea, grafted mangoes, pawpaws, money plants, oranges, tissue culture bananas) totaling up to 46,842 seedlings. The initially distributed seedlings are well established and the community tree cover expected to improve in the next six (6) months with the current short rainfall.

The already raised tree seedlings are still in distribution until mid-October, as the short rains are still promising. TMT distributed 20,214 of the raised forest and fruit tree seedlings to TMT caregivers, farmers, and OVCs with anticipation to extend the distribution to schools and churches as soon as the school re-opens from the COVID-19 Pandemic Break.

Way forward;

a)     Continue with the tree distribution and monitoring the progress of the already established trees to ensure that tree cover in the community is improved.

b)     More training sensitization the communities on the importance of both forest and fruit trees.

c)     To continue linking up with the local administration and the Kenya Forest Service department to strongly intervene and minimize human-animal habitat conflicts to ensure growth is attained and control on cutting down trees aimlessly.

e)     Poultry project

The Mango Tree Orphan Support Trust Kenya has embarked on a high profile poultry project in collaboration with Heifer International, the county government as well as other stakeholders. Subsequently, we have profiled 1,600 poultry farmers in 7 regions within Rachuonyo North, Rachuonyo South, and Rachuonyo East Sub counties of Homa Bay County. The project's main objective is to encourage intensive poultry agribusiness in the community, as well as proper nutrition in the communities. Our role is to provide the farmers with both technical and material support in order for them to implement this project.

Through the Farmers Training Centre built previously by this campaign, we have intensified training for our farmers using community extension veterinary officers, where farmers with difficulties with their poultry flocks can get help and training on how to take care of their flocks.

In addition, the project has begun giving out loans in terms of poultry equipment, construction of poultry houses, the supply of chicks for rearing, as well as feeds for the first 30 farmers in our profile list. This process will continue until we reach all our profiled farmers.

Our Model Farm continues to support our farmers by providing the best examples for this project. We currently have over 1,000 chickens that we use to show our farmers how to keep chickens in the right way.

II.     SUCCESS FACTOR

The organization has been able to make use of the amount raised in the various projects that are of benefit to the organization indicated in the projects mentioned above.

Challenges

-        We are still unable to run our poultry incubators because they need 100 percent electricity supply and without which we may incur losses in this project. We currently have 1-day-old chicks sourced from other farms, which is a little expensive.

-        Funding remains a key challenge for the implementation of this project as the funds raised have not been sufficient for the successful implementation of the activities.

-        We've fully started our fish cages project, unfortunately, we've lost a lot due to wandering fish predators, which have destroyed our cages and allowed most of our fish to escape.

III.   Plans for Next Quarter

-        More training for the new households on beehives management and timely harvesting and the new poultry farmers in best practices in poultry keeping.

-        We intend to roll out the loaning process to all our profiled farmers in order for them to embrace fully the poultry project.

-        Supporting the beneficiaries on the processing of pure natural honey, packaging, and marketing.

-        Install a solar panel at the poultry farm to be able to start another round of incubation.

-        Passing-on of the delivered goats' kids to other farmers to increase the placement target.

-        Stocking of the ready earth ponds and fish cages

Beneficiaries receiving tree seedlings
Beneficiaries receiving tree seedlings
Day-old-chicks at the broader
Day-old-chicks at the broader
A beneficiary with his established tree plantation
A beneficiary with his established tree plantation
Full grown chicken at model farm
Full grown chicken at model farm
 
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