Raising Family Incomes in an Impoverished Corner of Kenya
Improve and strengthen families’ financial resources.
CMMB chose Kitui South Sub-County as its first CHAMPS site in Kenya because its situation is dire, with high unemployment, desperate poverty, near-constant food insecurity, and perpetual drought. Increased family incomes have the potential to ease the situation, translating into the ability to purchase seeds to grow crops or start a small business—either of which can yield better nutrition for mothers-to-be, babies in utero, and growing children.
To support the families of Kitui South Sub-County, CMMB:
- Established an economic empowerment project, partnering with the Catholic Diocese of Kitui and the Ministry of Education and Social Protection.
- Focused on establishing and building the capacity of a village savings and loan association around groups of women.
- Instructed women in basic business, financial, and savings practices.
Over the life of the project, 20 groups were formed, comprising 323 individuals, across seven target villages. All were trained and mentored and embarked on sustainable, income-generating activities.