Women in Nafisa's group sewing
Global Giving Report #3
Thank you so much for supporting Dennis Mutwiri, Nafisa Ayuko, and Michael Murigi, all bright but needy students who are PATHWAYS Scholars at the University of Nairobi. Each has continued to succeed academically awhile simulataneously leading a community project. Please see below from them what is going on with their projects, It is exciting to see young people like them develop into leaders to help their country.
My project is doing quite well. Thirty girls have benefited from the sanitary towels in Nabwani primary school. A packet of 8 sanitary towels were given to each girl to support her for the next 2 years. It was very difficult for the girls to purchase the sanitary towels, so we decide to give them for free to needy students because keeping them to sell does not help when a girl is missing school somewhere because of lack of the sanitary towels. The girls are very happy and we intend to teach them the simple skills in making the sanitary towels so that they can make their own.
The sewing machines are continuing to help the women in acquiring the skills in sewing, although it is taking them a while to learn. They all appreciate the fact that their daughters can go to school without any difficulty because they have the sanitary towels. Their sons also benefit because they can sew uniforms, bags, and other clothing for them cheaply. The women are really owning the project.
The goat/sheep rearing is also thriving. Families are able to get milk. Other community members are happy that when the number of the animals increases, they will own a cow, goat, or sheep.
Women in our group are happy about all of skills they have acquired including making the compost from manure in their farms. Our group is continuing to grow and we are comparing and looking at which food crop to adopt so that we can be able to solve any cases of hunger in the community.
You have really changed lives in my community! Thank you!-Nafisa
My community group members have made a great effort and completed the fencing of the fish pond. The pond now looks great and is secure, thanks to all of you!
We have embarked on loaning out solar panels to group members who are willing and cannot afford them in cash. We are also planning to buy more solar batteries and let members access them on credit. They will be paying a commitment fee of Ksh. 1000 and thereafter Ksh. 715 monthly for 8 months for a 20watts solar panel. A member is required to bank the money in the group's bank account and present a banking slip to the treasurer; this will counter misappropriation and defaults. The first loan-out will be on 15th September this year. We hope all will go well per the plan.
We have started some fresh tree nurseries following the drying up of the previous one during the prolonged drought. The current one is doing well and we hope it will be fruitful. The micro-credit project is thriving with members benefiting more and more from the flexible and convenient access to funds. I went to see the projects in person and when I asked them of their regard of the micro-credit, they all said it was a big boost to them individually, and their families too. Most of them are farmers. Once they get the loans, they invest the money in agriculture. However, one of our members opted to start shop in the village to add to the income he was getting from farming. He borrowed Ksh. 8 000 and started off. He is so far doing good. Another member borrowed sh 5000 to purchase a solar battery from the group's green energy project and now she uses solar energy for lighting and powering her phone, radio, etc. She says that her family is now more comfortable with unlimited power and how economic the solar power is.
Many thanks for your kind donations!-Dennis
I wish to inform you that our project has continued to attract the attention of the media. The Royal Media Services, the biggest media house in Kenya, prepared a documentary about the project last month. This was meant for broadcast on its 9 vernacular radio stations that target the rural populations of the various tribes. They aired the achievements of the project in enhancing food security in our community. Women provided testimonies on how cassava has revolutinized their lives.
As the project leader, I was invited to Inooro FM for their breakfast show on 23rd, September 2011,to discuss the influence of cassava on the rural economy based on experiences from my community group. It was quite an honor.
My goal, with your help, is to transition the entire country from growing primarily maize (not drought resistant) to growing primarily cassava (drought resistant) to make sure we do not have to experience famine in this country again.
Thank you for helping with this project!- Michael
Dennis: Fence around fish pond
Dennis: Solar panels
Michael: Women making cassava products
Michael with food made of cassava