Kericho County Youth Bunge’s Savings and Credit Cooperative Organization (SACCO) is one of several set up by USAID/Kenya under the Yes Youth Can (YYC) project to empower Kenyan youth through low-interest loans and grants. “We have issued 64 boda-boda (motorbikes) and 81 normal loans worth 13.8 million Kenya Shillings (Ksh) ($149,000),” said Naomy Rono, the SACCO Chair. As of March 2015, the SACCO boasted Ksh 5 million ($54000) in member savings.
When Pastor Charles Muthaura moved to Marsabit County to open a church in 2011, he found extensive community challenges in hygiene, nutrition and economic development.
Marsabit County is an area characterized by prolonged periods of drought. Pastor Mutharua felt that to mitigate the challenges, the community of primarily pastoralists needed alternative sources of livelihood. Pastor Charles Muthaura helped form a self-help group, Tumeamua (“we’ve decided” in Kiswahili).
Evelyn Biwott’s two dairy cows on her one-acre farm in Kenya barely produced enough milk for what her family needed at home and for feeding the calf. Since maize stalks from plantations were not enough to feed their dairy cows, Biwott and other women dairy farmers in the area travelled long distances to fetch wild grass in the forest.
David and Anna Maithya were not satisfied with the level of productivity and income they had reached through fish and fruit farming, but were determined to make a better living in agribusiness.
USAID’s Kenya Agricultural Value Chain Enterprises (KAVES) program helped them achieve their goal. The couple learned about yellow passion fruit farming in November 2013, and dedicated a quarter-acre of their farmland for the demonstration crop. They adopted the water retention technology using the Belsap polymer from KAVES partner Bell Industries Kenya.
“We are always afraid of a disease outbreak! Many animals die because we don’t have people who can treat them,” explains Sori Guyo, a pastoralist in Marsabit County. Drought and subsequent disease outbreaks can cause daily livestock death, negatively affecting the household incomes of the communities in the northern arid lands who largely depend on pastoralism.
Last updated: July 27, 2016