NEED: George Kanyi had a vision to rehabilitate 100 acres of land previously used as a dumpsite in Nanyuki town. The dumpsite was an eye sore in Nanyuki and a no go zone for residents and visitors due to security concerns as street families used the site as their home. The 100 acres of land was an unmanaged dumping site.
AVENUE TO MEET NEED: George Kanyi Kuria himself a former street boy is the man behind the rehabilitation efforts. “When I asked the Nanyuki Water and Sewerage Company who are now the responsible company if I could come in to clean up the area and later use it for hay farming, they did not hesitate”, explained Kanyi. “I used the people who lived there and paid them to clean up the area as I was also counselling them on life skills.”
IMPACT: A number of youth have been employed by the initiative which has improved their livelihoods.
INNOVATION: Land that lay wasted has now been rehabilitated and is being used productively for farming and other environmentally friendly activities. Other than growing horticultural products, Kanyi keeps ducks, rabbits and recycles polluted water into safe water which he uses to irrigate the crops he grows.
NETFUND EFFECT: In 2012, Kanyi entered the NETFUND’s Green Innovations Award and emerged the overall winner in project up scaling financing. The project has been running for the past 5 years. The income generated increased by 50% while the profits increased by over 200%. The initiative had one permanent member of staff and 60 youths paid in daily wages but now employs 8 salaried youth of which six are women. The beneficiaries of the project have also increased from 150 to 300 people.