Second season of ground nuts in Kwangamor

Helen with her groundnuts

In 2007, the members of the Kwangamor Akimor Women’s Group decided they would like to try their hand at growing groundnuts (like peanuts). Groundnuts grow well locally, and are a good source of protein in the family’s diet, as well as providing a source of income. Through Sadiki’s contact with another NGO, the women were able to purchase high grade ground-nut seed (which they purchased both individually and as a group). Sadiki provided some agricultural training. The 2007 harvest was not as good as the women had hoped, owing to unseasonably heavy rainfall (global warming?), but they still managed to cultivate 6kg of groundnuts for every 2kg of seed planted. The women have replanted in 2008 (see photo above) - without any financial input from Sadiki. We shall report their progress in due course. In the meantime, please keep your fingers crossed for the weather. These ladies are depending on us not blowing our carbon footprint…

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First ever Field Assistant for Sadiki!

tophistamugshot.jpgtophista1.jpgWe are delighted to introduce Topista Ekisa, Sadiki’s first ever Field Assistant.  Topista is working part-time, and is based at our Sadiki “office” in Kwangamor village.   Topista is a “home-grown” employee, having demonstrated her capabilities as a (former) member of the Kwangamor Akimor Women’s Group.  She was also one of the group “vets”, specially trained to give the goats first aid.  Topista’s duties include close-hand monitoring of the projects in Kwangamor, including collecting loan repayments, and overseeing the health and regular treatment of the dairy goats.  In particular, we had been having trouble getting the women’s group members always to pay the small fee (calculated at cost) specified in their constitution for the routine maintenance of their goats (weekly spraying for ticks, regular de-worming etc).  Under Topista’s leadership, this small fee is now being collected, with the result that whereas Sadiki used to have to pay for goat drugs, the group is now able to replenish its supply of standard goat drugs itself, meaning that this aspect of the project is fully sustainable. 

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Kenya situation update

As you may have read in the press, the Kenyan Government has recently announced a new Cabinet, comprised of members of both the ruling and opposition parties, in implementation of the agreement brokered by Kofi Annan.  Following this development, we are really pleased to report that things seem to have settled down at last, at least for the time being, where we are working in western Kenya.  We are continuing to play things a bit by ear, but now feel more confident implementing our next project ventures (green maize project for the Kwangamor Akimor Women’s Group, and expansion of our dairy goat breeding project to the Kwangamor Katamakisi Women’s Group).  The experience has been a healthy reminder that we are working in the developing world, and security cannot be taken for granted.

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