Brian Kilonzi, a third year scholar, convened a meeting with his budget committee consisting of the Vice-chair, treasurer, secretary, three members in May (see photo). Brian explains, “One thing I learned is that when members are engaged, especially in decision making, it helps build their confidence and amplify their commitment to the group. More importantly it instills a sense of ownership.” Brian’s project focuses on sisal and other crops. He and his community will be purchasing a sisal processing machine to add value to the sisal i.e. twine and rope from the sisal bring more income than the sisal plant alone.
Student Coordinator and mentor, Catherine Kaimenyi and senior PATHWAYS scholar Kennedy Otieno, visited second year scholar Jemimah Peter’s project in Kitui Central. Jemimah’s project is to improve the scarce water situation in her village. Her women’s group of 15 members who have worked on the project welcomed Catherine and Kennedy.
Jemimah’s PATHWAYS project has already provided a water tank which is used by the women to water their crops in this dry area. It has really helped the vegetables survive the drought. The thought now, though, is to dig a borehole near a seasonal stream to supplement the water tank. See above Jemimah and Kennedy investigating a nearby resident’s borehole pump. Continue reading
Second year scholar, Brian Kilonzi, is working with his community to raise and sell aloe vera and sisal to improve the local economy. The aloe vera is almost ready for harvest and members are ready to learn to process products such as soap and medicines. Continue reading
Fourth year scholar Alphonce Oginga expressed enthusiasm about his community meeting held on Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 in Karabuor Village. Continue reading