Kambi Garba, Kenya: Poultry Farm
Our goal is a healthy life for every individual. Sustainable agriculture and food security programs are key elements to reaching that objective.
Achieving food security in Sub Saharan Africa continues to be a challenge:
- Malnutrition affects a third of all people in Sub-Saharan Africa – more than in any other region in the world
- An estimated 310 million people live on less than a $1 a day.
- Over 70% of the food insecure population in Africa lives in rural, drought stricken areas.
All of our projects are focused on providing alternative solutions to these challenges with income generating solutions. As a result, our partner communities are able to create and implement their own Agricultural Development Action Plans to better prepare for and anticipate shocks such as famine, floods or drought.
In August 2011 Mama Hope completed a poultry farm with the Kambi Garba Women’s small business group. We partnered with the same group earlier in 2008 for the successful completion of a water project that serves their community of 5,000 people. After observing the management potential of these women we strengthened our partnership by developing a women’s banking group so that these caregivers could form small businesses to sustain the water project and to care for their families. In July of 2011, Mama Hope worked with the community to implement a poultry farm consisting of 100 chickens. These chickens lay 3 eggs per day, generating enough income to pay community water fees AND provide a surplus for activities to support their families.
Mama Hope’s programs in food security and agriculture, including the Kambi Garba project, have measurably improved conditions for 7,890 direct beneficiaries. These projects have transformed these communities showing that African rural poverty is not endemic, malnutrition can be reversed and farmers can feed their families with appropriate resources and development support.