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Empowerment of women
in the Pokot disctrict

 

Dry land

The northern part of Kenya is badly affected by drought, but entire populations live as pastoralists. They walk long distances daily with their cattle, looking for green pastures. Keeping cattle is valuable. Cattle thefts often take place. In addition, many lose their animals due to the extreme drought. Besides livestock, families have no stable source of income. Money circulation in these areas of Kenya is minimal. People more often use barter trade. Occasionally they can sell cattle, but their general daily income is certainly less than a dollar a day.

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Education

Polygamy is common among the families. Women marry at an early age and have children. There are government schools in northern Kenya, but the school system is not free. Many girls do not finish their basic education. If a family has many children, or there is no income in the family it is not possible to attend school. 

 

Women of power

Women are the pillar of the family in Northern Kenya. They take care of the children and keep the household running. Children are dependent on their mothers daily care and education opportunities. By ensuring that women have a daily source of income, they become more involved in economic activities.With their income, they can invest in their children's education and effectively reduce dropout rates.

Empowering women here means: empowering the family and the future generation.

Beekeeping

Collecting honey from trees is a common activity in this colorful culture. Usually it is the men who tend the bees and harvest the honey. Because the natural hives are in trees and not easily accessible, approaching the bees involves great risks.

Lopoyin is a local initiative of Kenians with a warm heart for Kenyan women and their children. We want to empower women in Northern-Kenya by establishing a biological beekeeping project, completely run and managed by powerful women. We want to provide them with professional beehives on the ground in an enclosed environment. Plus we want to provide them with beekeeper suits and related attributes. In this way, the women can safely harvest the honey. After processing the organically grown honey, it can be sold to earn an income for their families and wider families.

Training

The women's group receives a multi-day practical introductory course by a Kenyan trainer. This teaches them a new way of handling beehives, the bees and processing the honey obtained. The women also receive education in local marketing of the honey. Regular follow-up on the process and progress ensures the sustainability of the program.Trainers will be present several times after the training to teach new skills and answer questions from the women.

Video

In late October, a group traveled to the Pokot district. They met with the tribal elder, with the teaching staff of the elementary school and with the local people. Meet the people and get a taste of the atmosphere! Click HERE to get an impression of their successful trip. 


Budget

The budget gives an overview of how the donations will be spent:

AMOUNT $ NEEDS
1.875 15 beehives
625 5 beekeeping suits
950 Business equipment
375 Training & manuals
550 Follow up
450 Transport beehives & equipment
175 Transport trainer
150 Project administrator & Assistants
500 Unforseen expenses
5.650 TOTAL

Note
: If donations exceed the desired amount due to success, we will spend it on the same cause. A few miles away is another women's group eager to get started with their bees!


Many women are looking forward for your kind donation and the education of their boys and girls!