Michael's project: Member tending cassava plot
Thank you so much for supporting Jemimah Peters, Dennis Mutwiri, Michael Murigi, who are progressing towards completion of their university studies while also contributing to the uplifting of their communities. The community members are working to make their projects sustainable long term. Below is an update on the specific progress they have made in the last few months.
I am glad to report to you that our project is now able to sustain itself. This is as expected of a PATHWAYS scholar completing their undergraduate course. As you know, our milling business follows the social enterprise model. Profit accumulation is NOT our primary goal. We charge very lowly to encourage farmers to mill their cassava and enjoy a diverse utility of their crop. However, with the little profits accruing, we are able to facilitate maintenance of the machines, payment of rental fees, operator salary. In addition, we are able to support other activities within the project. This project and the support from you and the GlobalGiving community has helped our community to increase its income long term. This increase in income translates into increased health and education for the community.
You are making a huge difference in the lives of my community members.
We are grateful!
Am doing very fine and my family is also well. School is going well even though I am quite busy at the moment with assignments and C.A.Ts. I also play chess as an extracurricular activity and traveled to Tanzania for a competition.
About my project, we completed the construction of the poultry house. In the mean time, the women’s group has 13 chickens in the chicken house each member has contributed one. They are still debating whether to keep layers or broilers. I was able to talk to the chair-lady of the group and another member and they had almost the same thing to say. From the chair-lady: the project has done a lot for her. From the crops that they have been growing, she has been benefiting in that, with few or no other places to get the vegetables in dry seasons, they have been getting them from their plot at a very cheap cost or no cost at all. She says thanks to Pathways and GlobalGiving, this has been made possible by the availability of the water tanks. She says, through the activities that they are undertaking in the project, she has learned to be self reliant and to work hard for herself. She adds that, through the inspiration of the project, she has started a small business of selling fruits and she earns some few coins from it.As the chairlady of the women group, she has attended several seminars and trainings to represent the group and learned various skills. For instance, she says that they were trained on how to make clay jikos which conserve wood by a certain NGO, but the problem is the soil type in the surrounding as its not the type for making the jikos. Whatever she implies is that, being part of such a self-help group has helped her and the other members be recognized and considered in important events. She says that she has benefited from the group in that,besides doing their project activities, they help each other and other community members in any activity that needs a group assistance for a small fee.This,she says has helped her and many others. Finally she says, “we are just about to start selling eggs and earn money.”
The other member basically has the same story to tell but mainly emphasizes on the fact that they have water, which they are using for their young seedlings and poultry. They don't have to go fetching water in the rivers which are already drying up after it has not rained for just a few weeks. Overall, they are doing great and they are happy about the project.
Thank you for helping to uplift my community.
Due to PATHWAYS and GlobalGiving we now have 5 000 seedling tree and fruit nurseries, the fish pond which has a population of appx 1 000 fish, the solar panel project and a merry go round loan program. All of these projects are making a great progress. The support from the community is enormous. Perhaps an amazing impact of the project which was not envisaged is the development of leadership skills among the group members. Janet Nkatha, the group chair could not hide her joy for what the group interaction has made her. “When I joined this group, I was very shy, I could not stand before people, I had no confidence, my self esteem was extremely low. Two years down the line I am a changed person, with a totally outgoing personality. I am now an officer in charge of Kongo Acheke sub-location, a post that was previously reserved for men. I have learnt that women too can be effective leaders and want to set an example to our girls”
You have greatly impacted our community- thank you!
Jemimah's project: Women's group member
Dennis's project: A business based on solar power