Project #5181

Improve Livelihoods of 225 HIV-affected families

by Network for Ecofarming in Africa

We have received some rains though not heavy as it was expected. Our project beneficiaries have taken the advantages of these rains and planted some crops in their demo plots. We are currently considering raising funds which will be used to install rope and washer pumps in beneficiaries’ homesteads. Rope and washer techniques is installing hand manual pump used to draw water from shallow wells a very simple and safe method. Most farmers have their shallow wells in their homestead and they use rope and container to draw water from the well. This method is very dangerous as it is very unsafe to the family members and livestock and the quality of the water is very poor thus causing water borne diseases. Rope and washer pump saves a lot of time and it is very safe in such a way that young children can draw water from the well easily and safely and water drawn is clean. We are considering this activity as the beneficiaries will use water for domestic purposes as well as irrigating their kitchen gardens during the dry spell thus ensuring that they will be food secure throughout and will have access to variety of vegetables in which they can sell the surplus.
We have also exposed our beneficiaries in youth polytechnics where they have leant various techniques of urban gardening and they have already started practicing them. This exposure has enabled them gain a lot of knowledge and skills not only on crop but also on livestock rearing. We intend to continue exposing them whenever we have the opportunities.

This year we had planned to fundraise for kitchen garden establishment but so far we have not managed to establish any due to limited finance but we are still optimistic and we continue fundraising for this project. This year we have also faced drought challenges and production has been low but our beneficiaries has been watering their vegetables to ensure they are food secure during this dry spell. We had expected long rains in April but this year has been different since we did not receive these long rains but we are optimistic that in May it will rain. We had given our beneficiaries some seeds to plant during the April long rains and some of them planted but others are still waiting for the rains. We hope we will manage to compensate those who lost their seeds previously and that will ensure that our beneficiaries will be safe in terms of seeds.

This has been a very good pilot project for us and we thank our partners, friends and donors for enabling us achieve a lot in this project. We are happy that we have achieved most of our goals and we are ready to move on and if possible increase the number of beneficiaries as well as accommodating more simple projects that beneficiaries can adopt and implement. We are also planning that this year if we fundraise enough resources we will start community kitchen gardens which will be used as demonstration gardens for the community. The health situation of our beneficiaries has really improved and it is difficult to know if they are affected we are happy of this initiative and we look forward to going ahead more steps this year. Thank you for all those who have contributed towards this project and making it successful.

Project beneficiaries are proceedings on well and they have a reason to smile after receiving seeds and organic fertilizer they are now enjoying variety of vegetables and other short period crops.

They have appreciated the changes they have seen on productivity after using organic fertilizer which not only resulted on high yields but also rich in nutrients and good for their health as they are chemical free.  We are training them on value additions techniques and encouraging them to practice them with the surplus vegetables they are currently harvesting. 

One of the beneficiaries was lucky to be employed as health worker in Molo sub county hospital where she is training other infected people on diets, support groups, income generating activities among others.  This has given the beneficiary opportunity to share with others and especially those still affected by stigma the importance of accepting the situation they are in and be ready to move on with life without fear.  She has become a role model and she has created a lot of impacts even to the affected communities/ families. Thank you to our well-wishers who have continuously supported and considered this group as part of the community.

This project is becoming very inspiring and many people are admiring the beneficiaries for the positive progress they have made so far.  Although some challenges here and there, they are optimistic and willing to help others in such conditions but still affected by stigma.  Through the support groups, they are encouraging one another and more so advising each other.  During their support groups meeting, they discuss on importance of taking balanced healthy diets to boost their bodies’ immunities and the project beneficiaries are used as role models.  Their income generating activities are really attracting many and the community is now appreciating their efforts and considering them as their members they socialize and promote their businesses.  Currently the group is discussing on possibilities of starting project/s and with support from well-wishers they are optimistic the can manage. After receipt of the disbursement some members benefited from the organic fertilizers and seeds supplied to them to enable them improve their vegetable productions and also try other types of crops.  Some of the members have received clothes for their children and they appreciate very much. “Thank you to the donors for your kind support and considering us in many ways”, words from one beneficiary.

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Organization Information

Network for Ecofarming in Africa

Location: MOLO, RIFT VALLEY - Kenya
Project Leader:
Samuel Muhunyu
Project Leader
Molo, Rift Valley Kenya
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