Many women in Kenya face limited opportunities for education, decision-making and a means to support themselves and their families. Islamic Relief ran a project in Wajir County to help women create new livelihoods and become self-reliant.
The project, supported by ForumCiv, brought women together in groups and provided them with the training and equipment needed to cultivate new livelihoods.
102 women received training around sustainable agriculture including poultry production systems, water efficient technologies, honey harvesting and integrated pest management. The groups are now able to produce more than they can consume, leaving them produce to sell for profit.
7 women’s groups also received entrepreneurship training and equipment to revive their businesses which were impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Some groups received refrigerators so that they could preserve and sell the meat and milk they produce.
Halima is part of a women’s group that operates a restaurant, camel meat and milk supply business.
Established 10 years ago, the business has struggled with the preservation of perishable goods such as milk. Previously, they would boil the milk and meat but are now using the refrigerator to keep things fresh.