Welcome to the ACT village, Ntirimiti, Kenya

Thank you for your generous donation to Hand in Hand Eastern Africa’s Community Uplift Programme. Thanks to your donation, the village of Ntirimiti will be transformed over the next two and a half years. Together, we will aim to train 500 poor and marginalised people in entrepreneurship. This will lead to some 350 small enterprises being created and strengthened, which in turn will lead to approximately 1,250 children, women and men being lifted out of poverty.

About your village

Tree nursery | Ntirimiti, Kenya

Ntirimiti is on the eastern slopes of Mount Kenya where just ten per cent of the local population have jobs with a regular wage. However, lack of skills and capital has hindered the growth of the growth of self-employment. As an example, many local farmers have tried to establish tree nursery businesses but, without the proper structures and irrigation, many are struggling.

Hand in Hand is confident its programme, which combines savings and business skills, will make a real difference to the working lives of the residents of Ntirimiti.

Nothing like Hand in Hand Eastern Africa’s Community Uplift Programme as ever been tried in Ntirimiti before, but that is precisely why local leaders have welcomed us into their community. It is their co-operation that will enable us to work effectively.

Ann Wamwea, your Business Relationship Officer (BRO)

Business Relationship Officer (BRO),Ann Wamwea, is the trainer who will support Ntirimiti’s villagers on their journey from subsistence to success.

Ann is 28 years old and joined Hand in Hand Eastern Africa in March 2015. She graduated from the University of Nairobi with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Economics and Sociology. She is familiar with the area and gets on well with the community and local leaders, local administrators and other NGOs in the area.

Ann tells us, “I am looking forward to creating impact and bringing about change in Ntirimiti. I have already met several of the local residents. It is really encouraging to see how enthusiastic they are to learn and to work their way out of poverty.”

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Our warmest thanks

Thank you for your very generous donation to Hand in Hand Eastern Africa’s Village Programme. This is the second update on your donation at work in the community of Ntirimiti in Kenya, six months into the project.

Summary of achievements so far

An update from Ann Wamwea, your business trainer

Ann Wamea training the Mwendwa Women Group | Ntirimiti, Kenya

 

In our last update, we introduced you to Ann Wamwea, the trainer supporting Ntirimiti members on their journey from subsistence to success.

When asked about the programme so far, Ann Wamwea tells us, “The welcome from the Ntirimiti residents has been fantastic. They have taken on the early lessons in saving and control of their finances to such a degree that I can already see the impact on their fledgling businesses.”

 

Voice from the village – Esther Karianki

Esther Karianki | Duck farmer | Ntirimiti, Kenya

Esther Karianki is 57 years old with five children. Esther tells us, “Before joining Hand in Hand we had so little money we could not afford to pay the school fees for the two youngest children.”

“All that has changed now.”

“The Hand in Hand group saving system meant I could access a loan of KES 5,000 (US$48) from my group’s savings fund, which I decided to invest in two ducks (I knew they would fetch a better price than chickens at the market). Once those first two ducks laid their eggs, I ‘brought on’ the ducklings and then sold them at the local markets for between KES 3,000 (US$29) and KES 5,000 (US$48) each. I made enough money to pay the loan back and even make improvements to our home.”

“Now I have a quite a flock of ducks – egg layers and then ducklings. The money I earn goes towards food and clothes for us all,” says a very happy Esther.

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Thank you and welcome for your final visit to Shah Rahim

This will be your final visit to Shah Rahim village and its residents, but we hope this final report provides a picture of the lives you have changed and a snapshot of the activities over the course of the project. Here are some highlights from your report and you can download the full report below.

The results of an end-term assessment found:

  • Average annual gross household income for the target beneficiaries has increased by AFN 92,000 (US $1,190), an increase of 125 percent from the baseline.
  • Average net business income has risen from zero, for most of the women, to AFN 2,300 (US $30) per month.
  • 25 percent of the project beneficiaries are running two microenterprises simultaneously.
  • Average number of livestock per member has increased from 1.1 to 1.8.

You will remember from your last report that your scheme was in such demand amongst the residents of Shah Rahm that each Self-Help Group had a higher number of members than anticipated. The need for literacy training was greater than expected and delivered to 36 women against a target of 22.

Hamida, poultry farmer

Hamida | Poultry farmer | Shah Rahim

“Today, I am a poultry farmer. I keep the chickens in our back yard and by selling the eggs I earn about AFN 2,100 (US$ 27) a month which means I can buy clothes for us all and the stationary the children need for school.

While the increase in their family income has been a big help for Hamida and her family, the Hand in Hand training has also had a far more profound impact on her life and that of the other women in Shah Rahim.

Homemade blackboard | Shah Rahim

Hamida and her friends grabbed the chance to learn to read and write; indeed so many wanted to join this section of the training we had to expand the programme. Hamida found time to do her homework on the wall in her kitchen as she prepared the meals for the family – the charred wall above the wood burning stove having created a natural blackboard where with a piece of chalk she could practice her letters. The writing on the wall in the photograph says ‘our country has good weather’, ‘Islam is our religion’ and ‘salam’ (hallo). Now Hamida and the other 35 women on the literacy programme can read the schoolbooks with the children as well as things like local signage at the doctor’s surgery.

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