Self help groups

Self help groups (17)

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This group of 15 members was started in 2014 with the aim of pooling together their resources and strength to better their financial wellbeing. Among the activities that the group engage in, includes buying cows, fattening them and later selling them at higher prices as a way of income creation.

The women in the group also practice beadwork but only get to sell their products in the local markets to which they are constrained by a number of factors including lack of knowledge on the existence of large market platforms and limited financial capability as well. The members have also tried contributing Ksh 5,000 each to practice Crop farming only to be disappointed by the consistent loss of their investment to ‘ambiguous’ crop diseases which saw them lose their tomatoes produce two seasons in a row. Accessing finances in terms of loans has proven to be a futile trial as well for this group since they have had Ksh 400,000 embezzled from them by a local scam SACCO in a case which is still on going in the law court.

Besides all these challenges, it is inspiring to see these 15 strong willed spirits continue to soldier on hoping for better days when they will see their dream of eradicating poverty among themselves realised.

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Ewang'an Self Help Group is probably one of the most organized pastoralists' group in the Amboseli eco-system. Ewang'an is a Maasai name that means "light" and to this group of 25 members, the light never stops shinning for them. After the devastating 2009 nationwide drought that wiped almost 75% of their livestock, the group came together to seek alternative sources of income. The group has specialized in the art of jewelry making using the iconic Maasai beads. The group is composed of community members living in Ola City Cultural Boma, a tourist attraction manyatta located few metres from Amboseli National Park.









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img 3128This school, located in the heart of Maasai land, is one of the most promising schools in the area. It towers high against odds such as the lack of appreciation for girls’ education and Moranism - a culture that lures young Maasai men to drop from learning institutions to become young warriors (morans). Having started eighteen months ago, with the aid of South Korean donors, this school has a total of 132 students, 39 girls and 93 boys. The infrastructural resources in the school proved to be stretched, with only one science lab, two boys’ dorms, one girls’ dorm and one teachers’ residence block made of iron sheets. One 100m deep shallow well is the only water point from which the school and the surrounding community members draw their water, despite being fairly salty. Since the school is located along a major wildlife corridor, it lives in constant fear of invasion from wild animals such as elephants and possible attacks, having no fence around the 40 acre school grounds. Amongst all these challenges, the school still wishes to create positive change in the community through engaging in activities such as afforestation and education advocacy, in which Matonyok actively supports.

 

 

 

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angatarangaiThis group was formed in the year 2007 and currently consists of 240 members. Based in one of the most arid parts of Kenya, Kajiado, this group’s major challenge is water scarcity both for domestic use and agricultural use. However, a number of well-wishers and government organisations have stepped in to make life liveable for this group and the surrounding community at large. With the help from Water for Life, Water For All, and Kenya Airways they were able to raise funds for digging a bore hole where they now get their water.

They also worked with the Kenya Wildlife Service on a 50/50 contribution to dig a water pan that helps them harvest water during the rainy season to feed their animals, among other uses. Also, they worked with ‘Gazelle’ a French Organisation, to build a classroom that is used by children from the locality for learning purposes.
As a way of income generation, the members of this group keep beehives and sell the harvested honey at a market in Kimana, a nearby town.
Some of this group’s needs were identified to be;
Need for Storage Tanks to effect proper distribution of water among the 240 members
A solar water pumping machine to pump water from the borehole which seems more sustainable as opposed to using petrol driven generators.

img 2832Formed in 2013, the Nadupa Amboseli Self Help Group consists of fifteen members. The women's main activity is traditional Maasai bead work, which they sell to passing tourists visiting Amboseli National Park. The income generated is then split between the group to be spent on children’s school fees and other communal needs.

Some of the main challenges faced by Osiligi Self Help Group include:
A lack of regular, consistent ready markets for their bead work. This has been accentuated by the reduction in numbers of tourists visiting the area in recent years. The rural location also means they lack a town market to sell to and transportation of bead work is difficult
Lack of education with all members currently illiterate, thus lacking knowledge on proper marketing and banking methods
The area suffers from severe drought, therefore cattle and goat farming is not always an option of income for these women

img 2550Frajasa school was constructed in 2014 and officially opened in 2016. The school currently has around 30 children aged between 3-5 years, many of whom walk long distances to reach to the school. The school employs one teacher, who manages to teach three classes in one classroom. The principle had visions of the school becoming a boarding school; however with the financial constraints this school faces, there are currently four unfinished buildings.

The school faces several challenges including:
The need for more teachers and resources
Parents lacking in understanding of importance of education – children often arrive to class late
Lack of any running water in the school – water is collected from a river around 1km away
Lack of fencing causing danger from livestock and road traffic
Inconsistent payment of school fees since most parents cannot raise the ksh500 a month required

img 2493Kaliet group initially formed as a group of friends, all of whom wished to better themselves financially. The meaning of Kaliet is peace. They created the women's group in 2014 with a "merry-go-round" banking system in which each member contributed ksh1500 each month. The group currently has 12 members and invests their contributions into chicken rearing. Each member started with one chicken which was then sold and bought 'layer' chickens for their eggs. They now have 230 chickens and plan to expand further. The group also hope to operate an outdoor catering facility for large events such as weddings and have begun purchasing large sufuria and thermos flasks. With the group savings, Kaliet's plans to buying tents and seeds to improve their farm.img 2503

​The group has highlighted some challenges which Matonyok hopes to support:
​- Inadequate space for livestock keeping and lack of a permanent site to operate the groups projects
​- Renovation of the chicken shed to a larger, more practical enclosure
​- Funding to invest in pig farming to increase income for members

The group's future vision is to buy land in the next few years so that they can have a permanent area to operate their projects, have on office for catering purposes, increase the number of chickens in order to supply hotels and lodges within Amboseli and Kilimanjaro and also invest on either dairy farming or pig rearing.

img 2106The women’s group of Ilmejooli began with a small table banking structure to support its members. Initially each group member contributed ksh50, gradually increasing to ksh70 and this year reaching ksh100. This enabled the group to invest in an acre of farmland. After cultivating and selling the produce they have been able to expand to two acres, the proceeds of which go toward sponsoring their children’s school fees.

The group realises the value of the land and hopes to increase their farmland as well as diversifying into goat and chicken rearing and establishing a vegetable garden.
The women highlighted several key challenges impacting their community/group:
-Water scarcity in the region prevents a reliable source of water for both domestic and commercial use. They are hoping for water storage facilities, funding for the water supplier and innovative irrigation methods to overcome this.
-The requirement of funding for an adult education teacher, as only some members are literate and have qualifications.
- They wish to establish their own vegetable garden with an official plan and seasonal rotation of crops, as currently they are reliant on sourcing their greens from Tanzania.
- They require ready markets to promote and sell their beadwork resulting in an additional source of income

img 0235 origOlorika is one of the most arable lands in Loitoktok Sub County. Located roughly 17 Kilometres from Kimana Business Centre is a 13 members group of Maasai men and women that engage in livestock rearing to earn income. Tabolu Enkong’u Tadua Ewang’an Ang (TETEA) uses its influence in the community to advocate for social amenities in the area. The group works with community members to ensure smooth running of the Olorika Primary School and the one dispensary in the area. With the help of Matonyok, TETEA has managed to get support for the construction of a borehole that will benefit the primary school and the rest of the community. Olorika is located along the Nolturesh River bank and the group joins with other communities stretched out along the river to advocate for the release of the water into the river for domestic use.

img 2162This self help group was formed three years ago and currently has forty members. Their livelihoods revolve around agro and pastoral agriculture. This involves cattle fattening and crop farming on their seven acres of land. They farm tomatoes and onions which are sold to local markets in Mombasa and Nairobi. The profits they reinvest into buying cattle and goats for fattening.

The main challenges the group highlighted;

-They have whole areas of farmland that are not cultivated since the group can only farm for one season as during the rainy season the area becomes swampy. Therefore there is a need to diversify to growing crops that can thrive in swampy environments.

-They need capital to increase their livestock and expand their abilities to profit from cow fattening.

-The group requires financial advocacy, as currently “The profit is in the cow, not the banks”. But they wish to move forward into banking to enable greater access to vital loans.

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