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.
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.
After completion of 1st season of sunflower economic agricultural farming distribution of sunflower seeds to 537 registered farmers,the program has expanded to an additional of more than 300 registered sunflower farmers from Shalom,Solai(Nakuru County) and Wiumiririe(Laikipia county) who have joined VICDA in its 2nd season of sunflower farming. The 2nd farming season started on 1st October,2015. This project is improving economic livelihoods of the poor rural farmers in Kenya. The sunflower produce has a very wide Kenya market where its used by local manufacturers to produce cooking oil and animal feeds. This project has been fully funded by GVN Foundation,Newzealand who have partnered with VICDA the last 9 years.
Haji and Ndonga Farms families can now put a smile on their faces after completion of the new Safina Haji Primary School which was launched on 27th July,2015. From next week which is the third semester in Kenya Education System,the children in these communities will start enjoying their new school from grade 1 to 8 with no hustles at all. Apart from putting up the building,we have also been able to provide desks for all the kids,stationery,soccer balls and other playing kits. World Teachers Aid and its great team of donors have made this happen. VICDA and WTA have so far been able to complete 5 beautiful new schools in 3 and half years which are fully furnished,stationery provided. Special thanks to all the donors who have tirelessly participated in this noble cause; The donors have touched the lives of children who were a few years ago homeless and had no access to education due to vulnerability and poverty which they were put on after they were displaced from their homes due to 2007/2008 post election violence. Thank you for putting your funds where it deserve most.