We are very grateful to the continued support we have received from all of you. The children in Makutano are very happy with the solar lamps, thanks to your suppport.
It is encouraging to listen to the children narrate how their lives have changed after they got the lamps. We hope to reach out to more and more of such children and help provide a bright future for them.
Because of the relative success of the project, we are now reaching out to more households withing the area. we hope to also help another group of women in Chumvi village in the Makutano area to set up an income generating venture. We shall be contributing at least $500 from your generous donations to help them get capital. The women have already raised more than $600 from the money they would have otherwise spent on kerosene after getting our solar lamps.
Recently in May and June 2013, students who are excelling in their academic work and come from poor backgrounds received solar lamps from SDFA team, thanks to genrous donations from well wishers and contribution from the women groups in Chumvi, in Makutano. We shall monitor the performance of the students with the lamps over a period and be able to asses the impact the lamps have made in their lives.
We wish to thank all our supporters who have continued to donate tehir resources and time to us. Special thanks to Miami Dade college for the great partnership.
We also applaud the women in Makutano who have continued to fund more Mwangabora lamps from proceeds from small businesses they have set up. In deed they remain some of our most respected partners in the community and we are greatly honored to be working with them.
With the beginning of rabbit farming last May, the Makutano group has had a lot from it:
The proceeds from the venture that started with forty rabbits have been able to go into sponsoring more lamps for the group members. From December to now February a total of 15 lamps each costing US$ 25 has been sponsored by the group: funds coming from the rabbit rearing venture. This will increase the amount saved from not using kerosene. The amount saved will be invested back into the venture that will see its expansion. For instance each household saves US$ 2 a week for using our MwangaBora solar lamps. 15 households have recently acquired this empowerment tool, which translates to US$ 120 saved a month that will be added to the already running rabbit rearing venture.
From sponsoring the 15 lamps the group has also pledged to pay for secondary school fees of one of the group members’ child who’s at Chumvi secondary school. The family has problems meeting her school fees. Zainabu is in form three and lives with her grandmother who is a group member of the Makutano women group. They collect stones and sell them for a livelihood. But thanks to the rabbit rearing project the group has offered to support in paying the fees for her.
Zainabu “I would like to be a news anchor after I complete school, but I was not sure if my dream will be realized.” Zainabu lives with her grandmother, where they have to collect stones, sell to earn a living.
She is very bright; she has always been in the top 5% of her class. Currently she is in form three. “I am always on the road; I can’t concentrate in class since my grandmother struggles to pay my fees. I have huge arrears that I have to be send home always. But thanks to the women group that my grandmother joined in 2011, they have pledged to support my education this will help me achieve my dream and be able to help my other siblings and the community at large.”
It is the small things that we do that makes a bigger difference in other peoples’ lives like supporting the 50 solar lanterns and 2 economic ventures for makutano. We wish to thank you all that have contributed to this cause. And pray that we will be able to raise the remaining funds together to achieve our main goal of at least providing 50 MwangaBora solar lamps to this group and be able to initiate another economic venture that will liberate them from suffering. Together we can fight hunger, poverty and suffering.
The month of May saw the people of makutano start the rabbit rearing venture. This aims at providing the residents and members of this group, an investment opportunity that will see them have a regular flow of income. The project also looks forward to improving food security in the village. The members have put up a rabbit cage in one of the member homes, who will be responsible for taking care of the rabbits.
There are an initial number of forty rabbits mostly of the New Zealand white and the Californian white breeds: this is because they have good growth characteristics and high carcass dressing percentage. Rabbit farming, which has long been considered a trade for young people in Makutano, is fast catching on in the area as more adults turn to the small mammals mainly for their profit, prompting the group we work with to venture into it. A mature rabbit costs 20 US dollars which is enough to buy four books for school going children in Makutano.
Rabbit production is one of the livestock enterprises with the greatest potential and room for expansion in makutano region and Kenya at large. This is because of their minimal investment requirements and ability to reproduce fast. Their feed requirement is low, especially with regard to demand for grain. Their housing and disease control management requirements are also low yet their meat is highly nutritious and healthier source of protein when compared with other sources of meat.
We are now working with the group on the rabbit products marketing strategy. This will see their produce gain a competitive edge and hence hit the market. In all this, we are very much grateful to our supporters, for their continued support and we look forward to reaching our objective of economically empowering makutano using 50 solar powered lamps and 2 economic ventures as tools.
SDfA-Kenya together with her partners SEED Awards conducted a workshop on financial sustainability on 8th and 9th march this year to educate the women group we are working with and provided lamps to in makutano on the benefits of financial sustainability. Among the topics covered were: Triple bottom line planning, community engagement, Financing strategy, Generating partnerships, market research, marketing, and benefit, risk, analysis and risk mitigation. After the workshop the group has been linked to local micro finance groups with which they are working with to find funding to start our first income generating activity, which is scheduled for end of June.
Thanks for the funds mobilized at global giving, we are intending to help them start this venture as soon as they are ready. We are currently working with them to accumulate enough funds for their rabbit keeping project which has been suggested by the group.
The venture will not only provide the group with the funds to kick start their future intended projects (income generating activities) but it will also provide the residents with what they have been longing for and like most, the rabbit delicacy.
Again from SDfA-Kenya we say thank you to everyone who has contributed to this achievement and we hope to work with you to achieve our dream of providing 50 lamps to makutano village in Kenya and creating 2 ventures, Thank you so much
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