NEED: The Tich Kouma group set out to conserve a wetland in the Dunga area of Kisumu. The group understood the importance of wetlands in the purification of ground water. It was envisaged that the rehabilitation would also generate income by enhancing ecotourism around the wetland area.
AVENUE TO MEET NEED: This initiative is very unique in environmental conservation as it is an integrated Bio-diversity conservation, Aquaculture, Agro-forestry and ecotourism development project.
IMPACT: The group also reclaimed a 1 ½ wetland, and planted trees in it making it a conducive camping site. It impacts the surrounding community positively both economically and socially. There are a lot of opportunities created by this initiative and with eco-tourism activities more funds can be raised leading to sustainability in future. The local ecosystem has a serene environment suitable for leisure activities.
INNOVATION: Integrated approach towards environmental conservation with Bio-diversity conservation, Aquaculture, Agro-forestry and ecotourism development project.
NETFUND EFFECT: In 2012, Tich Kouma CBO entered NETFUND’s Green Innovations Award and received a grant. The intervention by NETFUND saw a significant rise in the impact created by the project both socially and on the environment. Previously, the income from landscaping and sale of tree seedlings per month was KES 60,000 but after NETFUND’s intervention, this has risen to KES 450,000 per month. The initiative now propagates fish in fish ponds for production of fingerlings for sale. This intervention also saw the number of jobs created rise by over 100%. The group’s tree seedlings production capacity has now risen from 1000 to 2000 tree seedlings and 280,000 fish fingerlings monthly. The group also reclaimed a 1 ½ wetland, and planted trees in it making it a conducive camping site.