To shape civil society in Kenya by sharing skills, technology and resources while respecting the self-determined needs, culture and environment of the local population.
Goal: To develop self-reliant and fully empowered Kenyans.
- Work hand in hand with local communities to encourage self-employed citizens through local resource management.
- Help local organizations to plan, develop and initiate self-sustainable projects as a source of locally generated income.
- Promote simple and affordable technological skills that may lower the poverty margins at local levels.
- Empower participating communities with training in business skills so they are able run their projects sustainably
- Provide startup resources to initiate a self-sustaining project, as needed and if available.
- Assess sustainable project plans and provide training as needed to build capacity to successfully implement the project. Training can be in agronomy, livestock, reforestation, water/sanitation/hygiene, business skills, technology, project management, revenue generation and organizational development and other areas, as needed
- Provide technology support and technical assistance, where needed.
- Provide resources to help start up a project, if needed and resources are available.
John Mwangi Ndungu is the founding director of Umoja East Africa Fund-Kenya and has 20 years’ experience as a trainer and facilitator of business planning and management for entrepreneurs. He also has experience in sustainable agriculture, organic composting, and community organizing.
Umoja East Africa Fund-Kenya is currently providing a comprehensive training program to community-based groups in rural Kenya to help them identify a livelihood project that will help make the community self-sustaining. Umoja East Africa Fund-Kenya provides the training needed to acquire skills to successfully manage a project, such as project management, leadership skills, financial management, and business planning.
Then UEAF-Kenya provides training on the livelihood the community groups choose to pursue, such as organic farming, beekeeping, animal husbandry, fish farming or a social enterprise such as access to quality drinking water.
UEAF-Kenya particularly focuses on women and youth in the targeted tribes of Kikuyus Kalejin in Nakuru, Meru tribe in Meru, Somalis in Isiolo and Garissa, Maasai in Kajiado Narok Laikipia, Mbeere in Embu, Kamba in Machakos.
- By the end of the training period, 80% of the community group members will learn about agribusiness and social enterprise and be able to write a successful business plan which will act as blue print by helping them earn a livelihood, plan their land and make profit.
- The communities targeted by this project will start their own sustainable business enterprise and 80% will be still in business after one year.
- More farmers will learn farming in the context of business management so they can operate their small farms as a sustainable business.
- More groups will learn about value added processing to farm products they produce.