The following is an email received from Stephanina Kuria, who administers our projects at Upendo Village in Naivasha, Kenya.
You can see that this community is growing and thriving as people gain health, hope, and confidence that comes from having a measure of control over their lives. They are hard workers, and seeing the fruits of one's labor is dignifying. HARAMBEE donors have made this possible. Many thanks to you all! And please scroll down even further to see letters from two of our "GROW A DOC" scholarship recipients.
From: Administration [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Subject: PROGRESS OF INCOME GENERATING PROJECT
How are you for so many months? Here at Upendo village everyone is fine.
I’m writing first to apologize for not updating you in what is going on in project . In fact I’m very sorry and I do hope that you are going to accept my apology. This is how the project is doing.
DAIRY GOATS: So far 62 families have benefited with dairy Goats on 27th April 2010, we had a seminar where by 15 clients received the dairy goats but 27 clients were trained, 12 are still in the waiting list and we hope to give out the goats in July .so far 70kids have been calved and out of this number 23 are males and 32 are females, while 15 have died. Out of the 32, 10 kids have been brought to Upendo and benefited other clients, 4 kids have been sold by the beneficiaries and the rest are yet to be brought to brought Upendo village. In fact this project has proved to be of great help to our clients. They are very happy and they do pray for you .Attached are the photos .
CHICKEN KEEPING: On 24th may we purchased 200 chicks from Kenya Agricultural Institute and we have 98 clients and 4 have died .Those are certified chicks and the clients have been told to bring 2 chicks back after six months so that the others can benefit .The clients are very happy and so we are. Attached are the photos .
LAND RENTING: Upendo village rented 3 acre land for 6 clients .They dug and planted corns, Peas ,beans and potatoes .Apart from corns the rest of the crops are doing well and are ready for harvesting .One of the client has harvested 4 bags of potatoes .Attached are photos and the stages flow when the crops were very small up to date .Kathleen, we can’t thank you enough for your support. Give our regards to all who know us. God bless you.
The following is a detailed report of the projects.
INCOME GENERATING PROJECT
On 27th April 2010 – We had a seminar for goat beneficiaries facilitated by a person for Kenya Agricultural Research Institute – Naivasha (KARI). Fifteen clients received each a dairy goat. See attached photos. Below is a comprehensive report of each goat.
DAIRY GOATS REPORT
1. Hope for Jane Wanjiru – Hope gives 2 litres of milk daily. Jane Wanjiru sold a sibling for Kshs.4000/= and paid school fees for her daughter and granddaughter in primary school.
2. Ngolifa – Ngolifa gives 2.5 litre’s of milk daily. Jane Karuku sold a sibling at Kshs.6000/= and paid school fees for her granddaughter and medical fees for her son.
3. Sophia Munyaka – Munyaka gives two litres of milk. She has been serviced now and has other two kids. Rose Nduta the beneficiary wants to sell kid after weaning in order to improve the goats shelter.
4. Alexandria Kadogo – Kadogo gives 2.5 litres of milk. Grace Wanjiku the beneficiary has sold the male twin for Kshs.5000/= and deposited the money in the account of her grandson.
5. Willa Mwega – Willa is about to kid. Joseph Maina the beneficiary has sold a female sibling for Kshs.10,000/= to pay school fees for his children in primary school.
6. Hellen Upendo – Hellen is giving 2 litres of milk daily. The beneficiary Grace has sold a He sibling for Kshs.7000/= and purchased material for improving the goats shelter.
7. Alexa Jamaha – Alexa is about to kid. The beneficiary Martha’s mother sold a female sibling for kshs.8,000/= and paid a debt she owned.
8. Sheriff Purity – sheriff is about to kid. Dorcas the beneficiary has sold a he sibling at Kshs. 5000/= , paid school fees and bought uniform for her son in primary school.
9. Madoadoa Holy – Holy has kidded female twins. She gives 1.5 litres of milk. Isaac the beneficiary is taking great care.
10. Charity Kipenzi – It kidded triplets, two male and one female but one male died after two days. It gives the family 2 litres daily. Mercy Njeri the beneficiary has sold the male sibling ( first) term at Kshs.6000/= and a female sibling of the second term at Kshs.6000/=. She paid for her accumulated school fees for her children in primary schools.
11. Lucky Muthaka – she gives 2 litres of milk daily. Edwin’s grandmother the beneficiary has sold two siblings a he goat at kshs.14000/= and paid for school fees for her grandson and great grand children. She is planning to buy water tank with the remaining cash.
12. Flody Leny – Flody is about to kid. Mary Njeri the beneficiary has sold the first two He siblings Kshs.12,000/= and paid secondary fee for her son.
13. Lucky Munyaka – Lucky is about to kid. Esther Kamunju the beneficiary has sold a he sibling and paid for her water tank.
14. Celeste – Celeste has kidded twins male and female. He produces 2 litres of milk daily. The beneficiary Joseph Muriithi is happy and is taking good care of the goat.
15. Ole Mweru – Has kidded female kids and produces 2 litres of milk daily. The beneficiary Joyce Nyambura is happy and is taking good care.
16. Munyaka - Upendo village - Munyaka is about to kid.
17. Charity - Charity being among the give goats kidded twins on 28th 2010.
The following goats are maturing up – Mama B, Debbie, Ella, Hellen Kanini, Ronnie Ferry, Anita, Sakira, Murungu Nyarahia, Swara, Star, Nyaruiru, Baraka Tawir, Guthera, Marura, Hammer.
Waddie Zawadi has kidded triplets. Male and two females and after two days the male kid died. She gives 2 litres of milk daily.
Unity Hannah – Unity had kidded a male and give two litres daily.
The following goats are about to kid.
Teresia, Ginny Munyaka, Smilly , Eileen , Theresa , Rondall is about to calve and gives 1 litre,Donna,Rubby,Shelly,Guinnie and Annastancia.
On 24th may 2010, we held a seminar on chicken rearing and 76 clients attended. After the seminar each received two certified chicks from Kenya Agricultural Research Institute(KARI) and other others have been coming and receiving the chicks after education. We had ordered 200 chicks and 4 have died. Attached are the photos.
3 acres were relented for six clients. Each client has a ½ acre . They were provided with the seeds for planting corn and beans. After planting they added peas and potatoes. They have harvested about 13 bags of potatoes, corn and beans are not yet ready. Peas have been harvested green. They sold some and ate some. They were about 8 bags of 90kgs each. These six families have plenty to eat and sell. This is because this year there was enough rains. One of the beneficiaries brought some potatoes to the sisters. See attached photos. ( There was an agreement that they are going to refund the money they used to rent the land so as to benefit other clients.)
The following clients received subsidy loans from Upendo village.
He has been keeping Broilers for two terms and during the third term they all died due to floods. He has been paying for the subsidy loan. They pay Kshs.3000/= after the sales and deposit in his account Kshs.3000/=. He is preparing the shelter for the chicken.
He has a small business enterprise of mobile hotel and he is doing well. He makes Chapati’s and Mandazi’s which sales in hotels in Naivasha town. He is able to pay Kshs.2000/= monthly. He deposits Kshs.2000/ in his account monthly also and pays school fees for his children, house rent and up keep. They are able to sustain themselves and are living better now.
She has a small (shop). It’s doing well and she pays Kshs.1000/= per month and deposits Kshs.1000/= in her account. She is able to cater for her sons school fees and bills for her son in secondary school. She has enough to keep her living better.
She completed paying for her water tank loan using the money saved and she has access to clean drinking water. She has received another subsidy loan of Kshs. 15,000/= to stock je small shop. She is doing well and able to take care of her family.
Njeri is a business lady who received Kshs.15,000/= to restock he business. She sales vegetables and fruits. She pays Kshs.500/= per month and deposits Kshs.500/= in her account. She is able to feed her family and grandchild.
She has a small store for selling vegetables and fruits. She got a subsidy loan of Kshs.5000/=. She pays Kshs.500/= monthly and deposits Kshs.500/= in her account. She is doing well and able to cater for her family.
She has a business of baby care in her house. She received subsidy loan of kshs.2000/=. She will be paying Kshs.300/= and deposit kshs.300/= in her account. We hope she is going to be successful.
He is a fruit vendor. He received Kshs.2500/=. He will be paying Kshs.500/= and deposit Kshs.500/= in his account monthly. It is our hope that he will do well.
MARGARET ODONGO She is a small business woman who was given Kshs.2000/= for her vegetable and fruit store. She has not been successful but we are following her up.
Yours sincerely, Stephanina Kuria
Letters from two of HARAMBEE’s medical scholarship students, sent 10/10:
- Medical equipments i.e patella hammer and examination pen torch.
- vaccination fee
- Tuition fee
- Accomodation fee.