Our project on Aid livelihoods for 90 HIV affected Kenyan homes, has proved to be a success for the current beneficiaries.
Francis who has been one of the beneficiaries has appreciated how far he has gone, since the inception of his model project. Starting with a few seeds, 1 rooster and 2 hens, within 6 months he has multiplied the number of hens, roosters, harvested indigenous vegetables, cowpeas, millet, sorghum, beans, sweet potatoes among others. He has become the provider of indigenous vegetables, and sweet potatoes to his neighbours, who really envy his work. I quote “ My neighbours all come here asking me how I have managed to grow all these crops considering the poor weather conditions in this area? But I tell them it is all out of self confidence, determination and passion in what I do.”
Francis has learnt the art of seed banking, and for the next season he shall not buy any seeds but will plant from his previous seed collection, which is a very encouraging strategy as in this way he shall be able to maintain diversity and local seeds for future use.
Ann, who was among the internally displaced persons after the election violence, has benefited from her fresh vegetable and fruits stall. She has been able to plough back the proceedings from her small business to increase and diversify her stock, as well as increase her small livestock rearing activity, in total she has 5 rabbits, 12 hens and 1 rooster. Ann is able to meet her food and nutrition needs including those of her children, and she is confident that her small business will expand as she loves every bit of her work.
Susan, with the help of her two sons has been able to plan her small shamba and is now practicing mixed farming. This ensures that Susan and her family are food secure, due to the diversity of the mixed farm, which ensures quality food production by the use of farm manure, and feeding the livestock from farm products like the Napier grass. Currently she has one cow from which she gets milk, 8 hens, 1 rooster and 5 rabbits.
Looking at these beneficiaries, a lot has been achieved in the area of food and nutrition security, but more still needs to be done to increase their income generating activities and to get other beneficiaries on board.