In October 2018, Neloshan International- Kenya conducted a Needs assessment Workshop, with our various stakeholders. The outcome was that there was a strong desire to pursue economic empowerment through sustainable agriculture, for the sake of their families.
Four key focus areas were identified;
- Dairy Goat Farming: where each single mom would rear a dairy goat for milk production to cater for both domestic consumption and commercial for income generation.
- Kenya Agricultural Research Institute’s Improved Indigenous Chicken for eggs and meat production, leading to improved family nutrition and equally increase the household income levels.
- Improved potato seed farming, via ” Kilimo Bora” (Good farming), which would increase the crop harvest leading to increased household incomes.
- Table Banking: which is structured in such a way that the single mothers will make individual savings, deposit at their respective group’s bank accounts, then borrow the funds to enable them carry out their farming activities and then repay with some interest.
Farming in these areas faces challenges such as low crop yields, over-dependence on rain fed agriculture due to shortage of water, high costs of inputs and quality seeds, poor marketing systems and outlets, poor farming methods resulting to diminished crop productivity and increasing family food insecurity. These obstacles prevent single mums from thriving as farmers.
As part of the Economic empowerment and in partnership with other stakeholders, Neloshan will promote the following training activities, but will not restricted to:
- Training on agricultural techniques
- Training on organic farming in view of high quality improved products
- Market linkage for maximized profits from sale.
It is our hope, that exposure to the above-mentioned trainings will result in positive and powerful impacts as the yield per acreage from the income generating activities (IGAs) will increase, thus leading to:
- Self sufficiency
- Resource efficiency
- Rural poverty reduction
- Food security
- Financial independence
- Overcoming emotional as well as social barriers associated with economic lack
- Self-confidence and a sense of societal worthiness
To date Neloshan has:
- Helped 73 single mothers in Nyandarua County, Kenya form seven groups of Voluntary Savings and Loans societies (commonly known as table banking in lay man’s language), each comprising of 10-15 members. These groups are registered as required by law under the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, department of social development, as self-help group/projects. This registration, allows them to have better access to support from other organizations, both Nationally and within the County that will enable them to execute on their various projects.
- Conducted a successful workshop with the self help group members in January 2020 with an an expert from the Cereal Growers Association. This training was to enable them to knowhow best to grow and produce potatoes and how to turn them into a sustainable business. Through this training, they were also able to have their questions answered on various challenges that have arisen from their growing process
- Helped the single mothers hold monthly visits, where they visit each others residencies to discuss their day-to-day issues and societal concerns. This contributes to their emotional well-being as they share encouraging life stories, pray and read the word of God together. During these meetings, they also contribute towards their kitty to increase their capital base.
- In partnership with CAP Network, Neloshan was able to procure 96 indigenous chickens, and 12 bags of 50 kg chicken feed for 12 single mothers to help them get started on their Indigenous Chicken rearing for eggs and meat. To date the chickens have laid a total of 226 eggs, which has provided a measure of improved livelihoods for these families
- Recently handed over 9 dorper sheep to 9 single mums, each one receiving one sheep for both domestic consumption and commercial/ income generation.