In Machakos County, Kenya, the main livelihood has been small scale, subsistence farming for generations. However, over the last decade, the effects of climate change have led to long droughts with little or no rain for months. This has raised poverty levels and hunger in local communities. The burden of feeding families falls on women. Now with Machakos County’s main source of livelihood cut off, people are finding themselves in desperate situations. Moreover, most of the women from rural regions never receive the opportunity to complete their education, making them lack the skills needed to get employment.
Tzedek’s partner Aka Ma Muikiio (AMM) is running a one year project in fish farming for 56 women. This project will also provide training in book keeping and marketing. Fish are a good source of protein and will help improve children’s nutrition; while also generating an income to pay for medical and education expenses.
The beneficiaries of the project currently live below the poverty line on 45p a day. Their expected income is £1 a day, while also providing these women with employment, self-dependence, and a sustainable income. The project is environmentally friendly and has a positive impact on the local environment through recycling water wastage and growing fruit plants within the ponds. Some of the money generated will be invested back into the project to allow training for more women and creating more fish ponds.
The project costs £1,445 over one year.