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Strategic Empowerment Program
Strategic Empowerment Program
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East Kano, Kisumu, KE
Climate zone:
Semi Arid

Chiel van der Voort Matthias Geßmann Paul Tan Souheil Guermani
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Strategic Empowerment Program

Project Type

Rural, Community, Educational

Project Summary

Training and educating women and men in applying permaculture principles to improve village life.

Project Description

We educate and train members of the community in more sustainable methods of living through permaculture.  We hold short workshops teaching the women and men of the village basics from banana circles, greywater recycling, kitchen gardens, energy efficient stoves, companion planting, pest management, digging swales for maximum rainwater retention, composting, establishing nurseries, planting trees .  In our tree planting, we teach the importance and value of certain trees to encourage their reforestation.  For example, moringa olfeira which is a nitrogen fixer, provides exceptional nutrition and fodder, provides seeds for kindling, water purifying and nutrition. We hope to keep featuring more valuable trees, especially indigenous trees in the future with the hope that they will be incorporated into the farms and the regular diet.

We then do follow up visits to the homesteads to see how they are faring in implementing the knowledge and offer any furthersupport necessary.

Through this education, we hope to increase food security, improve nutrition, decrease deforestation and lung diseases associated with traditional (3 stone stove) method of cooking in the house.



Digging swales

Posted about 11 years ago (2 comments)
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