We aim to improve livelihoods of 500 vulnerable households by the Kakamega forest, using tree planting female led self-help groups. Women will set up tree nurseries, be trained in grafting of avocado, mango and other diversifying species to increase income and family nutrition for long term.
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1106269)
The project is promoting women’s participation and inclusion in decision making, which has always been an issue in Kenyan communities. Now, women are continuously being acknowledged by government officials such as the area member of parliament, the local Chiefs, and more.
The project has made the women in the communities highly active as they are engaged in diverse community development projects.
Kakamega is the only remaining rainforest in Kenya. It is highly diverse, with endemic wildlife and is a watershed for rivers flowing into Lake Victoria. Many depend on it for timber, medicine, spiritual value and nutrition. High poverty levels mean those adjacent to the forest have great dependence for daily need. With a lack of training in sustainable practices, this has lead to over exploitation. This project aims to address livelihood needs while halting destruction of Kakamega biodiversity.
Over 3 years we will work with community groups and stakeholders to promote sources of income that prevent forest destruction and plant more trees. These groups will establish and manage tree nurseries to raise seedlings. Planting fruit and firewood trees will provide high value fruits to sell and save time collecting firewood. Seedlings can also be sold to others including schools, other farmers and forest restoration projects. Meanwhile, the income is used for group savings & business loans.
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