NEED: In Taru and Mackinon Road areas of Kwale County, 400 community members from different CBOs came together and formed Nuru CBO to implement a program that would improve community livelihoods
AVENUE TO MEET NEED: The group started an aloe Vera farming project as a way of meeting their expectations. Through the project, they also expected to increase the community’s environmental conservation awareness as a way of improving their livelihoods. From the aloe Vera plant extract, the group produces different aloe based products like lotions and soap for sale.
IMPACT: There was an increase in acreage of aloe Vera from 5 acres to 15 acres. This was after more members joined the group after seeing the economic benefits of planting aloe Vera.
INNOVATION: The innovation focuses on the use of the climatically adaptable aloe Vera Project as a way of conserving the environment and improving livelihoods. The choice of aloe Vera is because this is one of the plants that can do well in semi-arid regions. Being semi illiterate, the women make use of traditional Aloe Vera farming methods.
NETFUND EFFECT: Through NETFUND’s involvement the group was given seed capital to enhance the project. The group was trained on value addition of processed aloe based products, marketing and book keeping. The group was also advised on diversifying the tree planting initiatives.
This saw an increased awareness level to 15 groups. These groups have also been trained on environmental conservation. The number of beneficiaries increased from 200 to 450 (200 male and 250 female). The group’s income had also gone up from KES 480,000 to KES 800,000 per year.