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Empowering Families Through the Dairy Goat Project.

SOMIRENEC will initiate strong capacity building initiatives at the grassroots level.

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

Dairy goat farming is taken in many parts of Kenya as alternative income and food source. Rearing dairy goats has been proven to reduce livelihood vulnerability through enhancing resilience of communities and food security. Developing countries are being faced by many challenges in their quest to keep many number of livestock which include: changing economic and climatic conditions, bad pricing of livestock, theft of entire herd of livestock, increasing pressure on land and water resources.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

The project is targeting women and their families. In Maasai culture, it is the responsibility of women to look after the goats and milk them in the morning and evening. The project will be of much benefit to the women since they will be able to earn an income which will be enough to meet their basic income and for savings.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

The project will train the women on value addition of the milk and connect them to the market for their products. SOMIRENEC will also seek grants from willing donors to support those who are poor physically challenged to acquire the dairy goats.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Pilot: I have started to implement the idea as a whole with a first set of real users.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

Social Ministry Research Network Center (SOMIRENEC) is a non- governmental organization in Kenya. SOMIRENEC has initiated many project in areas of health, entrepreneurship, peace building, elderly support and water.

Expertise in sector

  • 5-7 years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

The project was inspired by Meru Dairy Goat and Animal Health Care Project. Meru dairy goat farmers has made a very a good progress in their work and the community members has all reasons to smile since their dairy project is well paying off.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

The project will foster peace through reduced number of domestic violence cases since women will stop being too much dependent on their husbands. Prosperity will be indicated by increase in the number of dairy goats and improvement of the living standards of the targeted community. The farmers will plant more fodder trees which they will use to feed their animals, these trees will help in modifying the environment around. The trees will also help in taking carbon dioxide from the atmosphere which is threatening the ozone layer hence the fodder to be planted will have an impact in protecting our planet.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

1. County Government- will help to support the farmers and in protecting the industry from dishonest traders who sell adulterated milk to unsuspecting buyers. 2. Dairy Goats Association of Kenya (DGAK) - they will be responsible in supplying Artificial Insemination.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

The project will be possible because of a committed pool of dairy goat farmers with previous experience, a pool of improved goats that can be used as a foundation stock, relatively high levels of literacy, eagerness to learn and dairy goat farmers groups

Geographic Focus

The project will be implemented in Kenya, Kajiando County.

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

24 Months

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No


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