NEED: The project seeks to improve community livelihoods by optimising the use of small pieces of land to create value.
AVENUE TO MEET NEED: The project is the brainchild of Mr. Alfred Kipkorir, based in Kapsogoret in Kericho County. Mr. Kipkorir dug furrows that drain rain water into two fish ponds/dams within the piece of land. Fish farming is done in the ponds and the same water is used to water a tree nursery. The tree nursery supplies tree seedlings to the community and schools through a ‘greening schools program’.
IMPACT: The community members have woken up to the fact that small pieces of land can be sustainably managed through multiple activities and generate income. Kipkorir employs community members especially in the preparation and management of tree nurseries and fish farming. This provides income for them and they in turn learn from the project and adopt alternative income generating activities.
Through the greening schools program 1,400 seedlings have been distributed to Ainapkoi, Tagati, Seretut, Kipsolu and Kapsuser Primary schools. Principles of environmental management are inculcated in the children at an early age thus encouraging positive behaviour in relation to environmental conservation.
INNOVATION: The innovation focuses on sustainable land management and showcases how different environmentally friendly activities can be carried out on an eighth acre piece of land.
NETFUND EFFECT: With the grant from the NETFUND GIA 2014 the project up scaled its activities. The staff complement has increased by over 400% for both permanent and casual staff. The tree nurseries have grown from 200,000 seedlings to 420,000 seedlings monthly. The yearly donation of seedlings to schools increased from 5 cycles; 1000 seedlings to 7 cycles; 1400 seedlings. The fish reared in the ponds has increased from 1000 to 3000. The water dams were expanded to hold 1,700,000 litres up from 700,000 litres.