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Mutual support for microentrepreneurs

Milestone

2017/03/31

Update as of March 2017:

91 jobs created (44 green jobs), 30 well-functioning Self-Help Groups established, 330 group members trained in Group Management and 72 enterprises started and enhanced by group members

Milestone

2017/09/30

Update as of September 2018:

491 jobs created (152) green jobs), 30 well-functioning Self-Help Groups established, 600 group members trained in Group Management and 400 enterprises started and enhanced by group members

Milestone

2018/03/31

Update:

860 jobs created, 258 of them green
74 well-functioning self-help groups
1 050 group members trained in group management
843 enterprises started and enhanced by group members

Milestone

2018/09/30

Update:

1 453 jobs created, 863 of them green
112 well-functioning self-help groups
2 245 group members trained in group management
1 146 enterprises started and enhanced by group members
138 group members gain access to credits
145 group members gain access to new markets and value chains

Milestone

2019/03/30

Update (original targets in parentheses)
1 986 (1 742) jobs created, of which 522 (target 843) are green
120 (74) well-functioning self-help groups
2 400 (1 050) group members trained in group management
1 589 (1 653) enterprises started and enhanced by group members

Milestone

2020/01/1

Evaluation of the project

THE CHALLENGE

The effects of climate change and rapid population growth increase food insecurity and environmental degradation. Both have hit the county of Kitui in southeastern Kenya particularly hard. The county’s poverty rate is about 60% (versus 45% nationally), and only 39% of its adult population is engaged in paid work (versus 49% nationally). Poor families in Kitui often spend 40% to 60% of their income on food, so even small fluctuations in food prices can have a large impact on their well-being.

Compounding these problems, 87% of household income in Kitui comes from farming – usually small-scale and rain-fed – rather than formal employment, leaving residents particularly vulnerable to environmental degradation and natural catastrophes such as droughts. Also, rapid population growth puts enormous pressure on natural resources such as water and land. With each generation Kitui’s already scarce arable farmland is divided among more people, resulting in overexploitation and declining productivity.

 

THE APPROACH

Hand in Hand International (HiH) combines four components to help Kitui’s farmers increase their income: 

  • Self-help groups: HiH organises self-help groups of about 20 people each whose members, typically women, support each other and save and learn together at weekly meetings. Every member is required to contribute to a savings fund for the group.
  • Business training: HiH teaches group members to develop ideas for small businesses, or ways to enhance existing businesses, with the help of training modules on subjects such as basic bookkeeping, business development and marketing.
  • Access to credit: The group savings funds finance most new HiH businesses. When members need more financing, they can borrow within their self-help group. HiH trains them in credit management and provides access to microloans.
  • Links to larger markets: HiH helps group members with established businesses compete and thrive by finding larger markets for their goods and services, sourcing cheaper supplies and improving their branding, packaging and more.

In this project, HiH will also contribute to environmental resilience by encouraging the adoption of green farming, climate smart business techniques and eco-enterprises.

 

GOALS AND IMPACT

The project’s overall objective was to boost the long-term economic resilience of 8 400 impoverished people in Kitui. Specifically, as of December 2019 (original targets in parentheses):
  • 2 563 people (2 400) had been mobilised into self-help groups and trained to run them  
  • 1 893 (1 700) micro-enterprises had been started or enhanced
  • 1 645 (500) green micro-enterprises had been started or enhanced
  • 655 (400) micro-enterprises had experienced demonstrably improved market linkages and competitiveness

Hand in Hand International

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Hand in Hand International is a registered non-profit organisation based in London, UK. Its mission is to work for the economic and social empowerment of the poorest and most marginalized people by supporting the development of businesses and jobs.

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