Food Security in a Changing Climate
Support women in drought-stricken Kenya to establish an income, support their families, and improve their livelihoods.
What a difference working in a group can make…
Have you ever had the experience of thinking something is impossible, but then joining up with a group and finding you can not only achieve what you initially wanted, but much, much more? This is what happened to Catherine when she helped form the Ladies with Vision group in Eastern Kenya.
This is Catherine’s story.
“As a woman born here, in Kyunyu, and married in the neighbourhood I have seen a lot of the challenges and strengths of our community. Initially, our area was very dry, and water was a very scarce commodity. We used to walk long distances of up to 10 kilometres and spend a lot of time going to the Kikuu River to fetch water. Sometimes we even would go days without taking food because of the recurrent drought seasons in this area.
“Personally, I didn’t want to be associated with groups as I thought they were a waste of time. The local people didn’t know how to conserve the environment, get income from non-rain fed sources, or plant the right seeds and crops suitable for our area.”
When AID’s partner, ADSE, brought the Sustainable Livelihoods Project to Catherine’s community, the Ladies with Vision was formed, ready to make big changes in the lives of the women members and those of their families. The group put in a proposal to have a sump well-constructed next to the Kikuu River, which would pump water up to the marketplace where it could be easily accessed by many more people.
Two months later, the Kyunyu Solar-Powered Water Project had begun.
“During the construction period, we all provided unskilled labour like digging the pipeline trench, using locally available materials like sand, ballast, and water. I then participated in training on Village Savings and Loaning groups and immediately started growing my savings. Later we were also trained in income generating activities like soap-making, jewellery, serviette holders, poultry keeping and basket-making. We have also had other trainings – in good agricultural practices, how to establish kitchen gardens, climate smart agriculture technologies, and how to conserve soil and water. Our group is involved in all the decision-making too.”
“Our lives have greatly changed after ADSE interventions in Kyunyu, indeed in the whole of Kiangini location. The water project has increased water access in the area, and I now walk for less than 1km to get clean water. We can access credit amongst ourselves after saving in the VSL group. I have saved and borrowed enough to clear school fees for one of my sons in secondary school. And after several trainings in poultry keeping and management, I obtained a loan of KES5,800 to buy 60 starter chicks to start farming poultry. These chickens are now ready for the market. So far, I have sold 32 hens for 800 shillings each. I’ve used the income to buy feed for the remaining chicks, seeds to establish a kitchen garden, and I can now cater for our basic household needs. I planted sukumawiki (kale) in the kitchen garden, so we no longer go to the market to buy vegetables as they are now available at home.
“My social interaction with people has also improved, and I can now associate well with groups of people. Neighbours come to my home often to learn about poultry management skills and how to make poultry feeds.
“And when you look around you, you will see that our environment has a green vegetation cover because of tree planting we did during the rainy seasons”.
If you want to see more people and communities transformed like Catherine and the Ladies of Vision, please consider giving to this project.
Every donation you make to this project will be combined with funding from the Australian Government to reach more people. We have committed to contribute $1 for every $5 we receive from the Australian Government. Your donation will allow us to extend our program.
The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. Waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water.
– Isaiah 35.1-2a, 6b-7a
Lord Jesus Christ,
you are the living water
that cleanses and cools,
that freshens and that quenches thirst.
We give you thanks for all the ways
in which those who work with Anglican Development Services, Eastern
have learnt to look after their land and droughtproof it.
We rejoice in the way that farmers have been taught
to market their produce and gain additional income.
As COVID-19 and inflation have hit the Kenyan economy hard,
we celebrate the work of Anglican Development Services, Eastern
that has taught agricultural skills, land-care, and various crafts to the farmers
so that they can maintain their incomes,
purchase food and support their children.
We pray particularly for your blessing on all those
who make mats and handbags to sell
and on all who carry on with the work
of caring for the environment
and protecting the planet.
We ask this in your great and holy name.
In 2024 we hope to raise for this project:
Donation code: XG011KS
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Your gift will be used to help our Sustainable Communities projects planned for this year.
Your donation will help ABM’s Anglicans in Development and our overseas church partners work with communities to combat poverty, overcome illiteracy, enable better access to clean water and sanitation, end gender-based violence, build equality, increase resilience to climate change and disasters and strengthen community-level leadership.
As noted, this is a tax-deductible project. All donations are in Australian dollars (AUD) and all gifts of $2 or more are tax-deductible.
Gifts are received by the trustee for the ‘Anglicans in Development Ltd’ ABN 86 647 293 481
Gifts will be applied to the support of projects selected. In the unlikely event of projects being oversubscribed or not proceeding to completion, donations will be applied to similar projects.
Read Agnes’ story to see how AID’s Kenyan partner communities continue to deliver results, especially for women.