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Transforming Lives in Isiolo County through the Honey Value Chain: A Kambi ya Juu Chronicle of Triumph

“ May the almighty God bless you. You’ve helped many of us, and the impact is being felt not only here in Wabera ward but in many other parts of the county.” said Irene Kanana, the Chairlady “Kambi ya Juu Dairy Farmers Women Group.” a group that brings together women and harmonizes them through the honey value chain.

 Kanana,  just like many other people in Isiolo is a beneficiary of the DRIC project; a European Union-funded project that seeks to build a Drought Resilient Isiolo through drought-resilient and nutrition-sensitive agriculture/livestock production; integrated with conflict resolution and peace-building strategies along with economic empowerment of women. 

Through the support of the E4Impact Foundation, one of the DRIC Project Implementing Partners, Kambi ya Juu cooperative members have undergone training, mentorship, and coaching.  in entrepreneurship. E4Impact has also supported the group in market linkages Kanana describes the training she has received from E4Impact as not just ordinary: “ordinary training sessions but rather, practical  with a focus on  growing our business and improving the livelihood of members.” Says Kanana,”

What started as a local aggregation and production center for center for the local market has now evolved into visually appealing packaged honey that sells in large quantities across the country.  Currently, Kambi ya Juu sells an average of 600kgs per month which is a significant increase from 100-150kgs the group used to sell monthly. This has led to the growth of the business attracting more members to join the group.

 Growth in business has led to better financial; performance. Currently, farmers’ savings are averaging at five hundred thousand Kenyan shillings (KES. 500, 000). This has provided a favorable environment for table banking allowing members access to soft loans at lower interest rates; resulting in further economic growth for the members and the community.

Get yourself the tasty honey from Isiolo and satisfy your taste buds. through an e-commerce marketplace, Esiolo is purely tailored to link different farmers and cooperative groups to ready markets.  

 

 

 

 

 

( Irene Kanana Chairlady, Kambi ya Juu Dairy Farmers Women Group)

 

 

 

By Gideon Kinyua.

Communication Assistant – E4impact Entrepreneurship Center, Kenya

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