- Title of the project: Empowering women and youth in West Tigania, Kenya
- Focus: Promotion of social and economic security for women and young people living in isolated areas in Kenya.
- Stated year: April 2007
- Finished year: April 2010
- Partners: SOTENI Kenya (Sustainability, Opportunity, Training, Epistemology, Networking and Independence) and Community Relief and Concern (CRC)
- Funding: Minipuljen (amount of money requested from the Mini-project fund is 2.687.786 DKK and the annual cost level is 895.929 DKK)
- This project intends to offer micro credits and capacity buildings to support poor women and youth groups in Tigania West (Kenya), where there are no other organizations, for example NGO, that are providing micro credits or development support in the agriculture, livestock farming, trade and commerce sector.
- The development objective of the project is increased empowerment, independency and social security among women and youth in Tigania West. More specifically, there are two immediate objectives:
- Strength of the organisational and economical capacity to develop income generating activities and advocate for the rights of women.
- Implementation of community development activities supporting income, generating activities and micro enterprise development to empower women and youth groups.
Outputs related to immediate objective 1:
- Conduction and implementation of a communication plan.
- Field visits conducted in the 4 locations to inform women and youth groups about the community fund and create ownership of the project activities.
- Increased capacity to administer and manage the micro credit fund by SOTENI staff, volunteers and decision makers.
- Manuals and guidelines of the fund and credit procedures have been developed and disseminated.
- All groups have increased capacity to repay loans, save and access the micro credit fund.
- 1-2 members of each group have been trained in micro-credit facilitation and management.
- The group members have disseminated the learning to the members of the groups.
- All groups have been directly informed about the operations of the micro credit fund and the savings fund by SOTENI.
- The groups keep records of their members
- 2250 members of credit groups have been trained in relevant skills for business growth and development.
- SOTENI staff, volunteers and decision makers have increased capacity to manage the business development component.
- A baseline study have been conducted.
- All groups have increased capacity to implement small scale business projects.
- The group members trained have disseminated the learning to other members of the groups.
- New and on-going business projects are being discussed at group meetings.
- Institution of awards for various kind of businesses.
- Group members assist each other in assessing business projects.
Outputs related to immediate objective 2:
- Each group has implemented at least 4 awareness campaigns (barazas) and/or advocacy activities.
- Each group has been in contact with resourceful persons outside of the community, such as government authorities, teachers, lawyers, journalists etc.
- Facilitation of networking among the groups.
- Dissemination of information about new government laws, conferences, national/international events in the areas of micro credit and HIV/AIDS.
- Release of a quarterly newsletter about the project.
- SOTENI´s homepage about the implementation and experience of the project is up to date.