Sustainable Horizons: Empowering Livelihoods for a Resilient Future
In the face of ongoing challenges posed by climate change, we have developed a comprehensive Livelihoods Program that aims to build resilient communities and foster sustainable livelihoods. Our program encompasses four core concepts to ensure long-term success and growth for individuals and communities.
Jaza Kikapu - Fill the Basket
In 2020, we launched Jaza Kikapu (fill a basket) concept to mobilise resources to support poor women headed households. Jaza Kikapu goal is to enhance and promote the unique role played by women on the family, community and societal level by empowering them and creating an enabling environment for their full participation in the development agenda. Women play an indispensable role in community development as weavers of the social fabric and caregivers. It is broadly designed to uplift poor households through the potential of women and hereby enable them to fully participate in the development of the communities.
Building Resilient Livelihoods
Establishing Sustainable Livelihoods: We believe in long-term solutions. Through our unique approach, we train 20 “Sustainable Livelihood champions” Trainers of Trainers, cascading valuable knowledge on protection, diversification, and resilience to climate change to 200 beneficiaries. This ensures a lasting impact and empowers communities to thrive independently.
From Butchery to Soupery
Batista is a 48 year old man hails from Marmanet Ward. He is a devoted father of 4, 2 daughters and 2 sons. Her wife is on and off their marriage. His firstborn son, Peter was diagnosed with mental illness and required constant attention and care. He is 26 years old and his mother could not offer much help. At this time Batista was running a successful butchery business and as a result of his son's illness he was forced to close his business many times to look after the son, take him to hospital and make sure he followed his medication schedule.
Living Her Dream
Lucy Waruguru is hardworking and determined to reach her dream of being financially independent. She has encountered a number a roadblocks towards her dream. Before Covid 19, her husband worked as hotelier and Lucy hawked second hand clothes to supplement family income in addition to attending household chores. Her husband lost his job when hotels closed due to Covid 19. Life became a daily struggle. Over time, differences cropped between her and her husband. Her husband became abusive, abandoned family responsibilities and eventually relocated with another woman. At the peak of Covid 19, life became unbearable in Nairobi for Lucy and her 2 children and she moved to her rural home in Nyahururu.
Khadija's Big Break
Khadija Abdi is a mother of 6. According to her, she got married at the age of 13 (This is common with girls from the pastoralist community). This denied her formal education. She barely traces her genealogy and has scanty information on her family whereabouts. Her husband was working as a security guard with the Ministry of Public Works in Nyahururu where they are also housed. She was deserted by her husband 15 years ago after he lost his job. To date, she has never heard of him.