Agri-business in the rural area has become one of the key vehicle for economic empowerment in the rural areas in Kenya. VICDA has been able to provide soybeans seeds/fertiliser to the rural farmers in Nakuru county with the full support of her donor funding from KIDS INITIATIVES,Canada. This year the organisation has been able to undertake soybeans seeds/fertiliser distributions for phases I and II. The organisation is now preparing to undertake Phase III of its distribution to reach the 700 households targeted this year 2017, per Acreage per household.
Last Friday 23rd September,2016, all the students at Bright Hope Secondary School in Lemolo Community Rongai Constituency in Nakuru County,Kenya benefited from CDF Bursary Fund which has been offered by the area Member of Parliament Honourable Raymond Moi. The cheque was presented during donors,school officials and Lemolo community meeting.
Rural Agricultural Economic Empowerment Program has tremendously changed the lives of many rural families who solely depend on agricultural farming. VICDA through Lomas Marketing Cooperative Society is increasingly reaching more rural farmers where the soybeans produce has a ready available market and all the farmers produce will be delivered to the factory next week. From next week,the farmers will be preparing their land for the end of year season,ready to plant sunflower which is expected to be ready for harvest by end of coming December.
As VICDA keeps on empowering small scale farmers in the rural areas,this time around the farmers are growing soya beans versus sunflower as a crop rotation to maintain soil nutrients. Soya beans is another type of cash crop whose demand is very high with a low supply in the Kenya local manufacturing market. The crop takes 3 months in Lemolo and Solai areas in Nakuru county since the weather is warmer than some other parts of Kenya. The harvesting season will be in the next 2 months. VICDA has already signed a contract with some manufacturers for a ready available market for the farmers produce under Lomas Marketing Cooperative Society Ltd. In every season, more and more farmers are joining the group.
The new day public Bright Hope High School in Lemolo Village,Rongai Constituency,Nakuru County. The construction of this school started February this year(2016) and it has a new in-take of 73 students who are all in Form one. The students did their K.C.P.E last year. More than half of the students comes from 2 public primary schools (Kimugul and Sinendet Primary schools in Lemolo) which have been constructed by VICDA,Kenya and fully funded by WTA Canada and the rest of the students comes from the nearby surroundings. Both Primary schools have more than 700 students from the local community; The Bright Hope High school have all classrooms from form 1 – 4, two laboratories with a chemical storage for science subjects,10 toilets(4 – for girls,4-boys ,2 for the teachers) and office administration block; education is very much affordable in term of school fees. The government charge a fee of between (kshs.4,000)US$40 – (Kshs.5,000)US$50 per child per semester.The government has already brought in TSC teachers; Currently, the VICDA team are on the ground completing the construction of the administration block which should be completed by next week;
18 out of 32 Women Groups recruited by VICDA Organization at Lemolo Community in Rongai constituency in Nakuru County has benefited from Women Enterprise Fund where each group of 10 women has been given US$1,000(Kshs.100,000). The total funds which has been released is US$18,000(Kshs.1,800,000). The Groups have been trained on how to learn their businesses and VICDA has already placed one of its staff member on the ground for continuous training support to the women as they start operating their businesses. The event was graced by Mrs. Raymond Moi(Wife to Honorable Raymond Moi,MP Rongai Constituency) and Ms Irene Wairimu of VICDA.
The remaining 14 women groups will be funded on round two funding.