Kenya: Local Agricultural Initiative

Community: Village of Kimende, Kenya
Beneficiaries: 10 youth directly, the whole community by extension
Required amount: 3800$ per year for 2 years

Context

As the population increases in northern Kenya the demand for livestock and fresh agricultural products is also rising. In the community of Kimende, where there are very few income generating activities, a group of 10 youth have decided to take the matter in their own hands. By creating an income generating agricultural project (rearing chicken, goats and producing vegetables) they are confident that the financial benefits of the project will positively impact the local community and contribute to slowing down the exodus of youth to the cities. The diversity of skills and experiences of the community members and local youth and the large and easily-accessible market in the capital city, Nairobi, are key factors for potential growth.

Overview of the project

The goal of the community project of Kimende is to give the people the resources to achieve long-term economic growth. The project focuses on providing local youth with the material to launch their agricultural activities. The income generated from the project will assure its continuity.

Through local partners the project will provide:

  • Farming infrastructures
  • Livestock, vegetable and grains
  • Support from the Kenyan partner in the start up phase

Expected results

The project will stimulate the economy of Kimende and enhance the desire of the youth to stay within their community. By encouraging the youth to cultivate the land and produce livestock, it not only stimulates the economy of the village but it promotes the local way of life.

Youth group

The Giving Means projects are implemented on an annual basis and are supported by youth volunteers in our Youth Leaders in Action program who lead public education and fundraising campaigns in Canada. During their program, the groups will actively fundraise for, and work on, the Giving Means projects in the hopes that the projects can come to fruition.  To learn more about their exchanges visit their blogs.

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