Supporting Rural Youth and Women in Kakamega,Kenya

by Sustainable Development For All-kenya
Supporting Rural Youth and Women in Kakamega,Kenya
Supporting Rural Youth and Women in Kakamega,Kenya
Supporting Rural Youth and Women in Kakamega,Kenya
Supporting Rural Youth and Women in Kakamega,Kenya
Some of the briquesttes made by women
Some of the briquesttes made by women

Our aim has always been to tranform rural communites into better livelihoods. Our initial entery is usually helping communities transition into using solar energy for lighting and charging mobile phones.  We then help the communities set up various income generating projects from money saved from no longer purchasing kerosene. When communities are empowered, then often demand other renewable energy technologies, espcially to help them have clean cooking.

Early this year, we worked with groups on women to train them on how to make clean cooking briquettes, which can be used for cooking instead of the dirty charcoal or firewood. The women can be able to make the briquesttes from various organic matter easily available in their farms. We trained 35 women on the benefits fo switchign to use clean energy for cooking.

As we expand this initiatve, we aim to help the women acquire better cooking stoves and some of the women groups to set up biogas for cooking.

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We are glad that we are in the final stages of negotiating a new partnership with a local agribusiness enterprise that will be beneficial to the hundreds of women and youths we work with.


Our local partner has agreed to provide training on the bee keeping value chain- from making of modern bee hives, to keeping the bees, feeding the bees and the whole production cycle, to modern harvesting and processing of the honey.


Our organization will fund initial cost of acquring the bee hives and have tri party agreements between us, the women groups we support and the local partner that will ensure all the honey harvested has guarranteed market.


This new initiative will enhance income by women and provide an opportunity for them to expand and eventually acquire skills for value addition in the agribusiness sector.

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Women during an interactive training session
Women during an interactive training session

Through the implementation of the project, women were provided with Mwangabora solar lanterns, and given the training to help them set up new income generating activities. Following these activities, we carried out a micro-enterprise sustainability and savings management training activities

The objectives of the workshops were to provide women with skills to manage savings and give them insights on how to pull back the savings to sustain their income generating activities and how to set up a distribution mechanism to enable the group members to benefit from their activities.

The training was done amongst three groups namely Mwamba women group, Katambe self-help group, and Umoja windows group. 90 women participated in workshops 4 workshops of 2 days each conducted between November  15th and December 16th. The workshops were done in partnership with the Kakamega county women empowerment program.

The workshops were structured as interactive where all participating members contributed to one or more items of discussion and from there, women were content that that would boost their productivity and help them use their income generating activities t boos their personal household income and at the same time keep their activities growing.

Two of the participating groups were involved in kitchen rearing while the other was involved in outside catering projects. The trainers put this in context as they discussed development challenges faced by the women, at the local level, the overall market challenges and came up with different ways they could adapt to their challenges and succeed in creating sustainable businesses at the greater market level.

The training workshops ended with trainers and SDFA-Kenya coming up with a sustainability plan for each of their income-generating activities.

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Our staff and volunteers visited the project areas and held community engagement meetings with groups of women. The meetings were aimed at conudting evaluation through simple questionnaires to determine the level of success and challenges facing the project.  The meetings were also attened by some of the youths benefitting from the project.

Our team also conudcted story telling sessions where the women narrated the impact and chnages in their lives as a result of the project. The story telling program has been part of the the new initiative to capture impact of our organization through first hand expereinces narrated by our partners on the ground.

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Poultry project started by women
Poultry project started by women

As part of program, we work with women through community groups to set up income generating ventures from money saved from no longer needing to purchase kerosene. Before this, the women receive our Mwangabora solar lamps assembled by youths, and then undergo a comprehensive training on aspects of financial management, business modelling and development and technical aspects that relates to thei specific business venture.

Last month, our Program Director visited such income ventures to asses the needs and progress. The women we able to share their experiences and highlighted areas of success and problems. Our organization will continue to support such projects including more technical and business development training, market access support and links to more financial investments.

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Sustainable Development For All-kenya

Location: Nairobi - Kenya
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Sustainable Development For All-kenya
Evans Wadongo
Project Leader:
Evans Wadongo
Chairman & Executive Director
Nairobi, Nairobi Kenya

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