Self Help Groups – Drivers of economic growth in Pellow Conservancy

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Understanding the process and impact of social groups on livelihoods is essential for any development programme that aims to improve incomes and sustainability.

ASALs Self-help production and marketing Groups not only increases the bargaining power of the members but also encourages commitment to effect a change in household livelihoods, despite constraining climatic, cultural and social factors. Engagement of entrepreneurial self-help groups in Modern Beekeeping production and marketing offers a powerful instrument for driving forward food security in pastoralist communities while promoting human health and well-being.

That is why E4Impact Foundation through the Ustahimilivu Project is not only training value chain actors on concepts of Group Dynamics, entrepreneurship and marketing but also enforces the practicality of the models through follow up mentorship for the beneficiaries.

To ensure that Beekeeping Beneficiaries from Pellow are working in well-laid structures while doing group entrepreneurship, developing sustainable business models and linking them to markets. E4Impact Foundation in their first GD (Group Dynamics) coaching cycle supported 13 Beekeeping groups from Kamurio, Kour, Apetaa, Kachambilwa, Sarmach, Nasolot, Kambi Karaya, Riting, Karon, Talon, Parek, Kamunono and Chepokachim in Pellow Conservancy in coming up their own by-laws and organizing themselves through the economic theory of collective action. The act of association becomes a resource, vital in developing self-confidence and self-esteem by providing spaces and networks for the group and the rest of the world through entrepreneurship.
E4Impact also ensures that they build the capacity of the strong groups developed on entrepreneurship, development of sustainable business models and financial management. Three fodder groups (Takaywa, Kositei and Kalopot) in Pellow conservancy with the support of E4Impact foundation developed three sustainable and replicable business models. Developed business models will not only help in profitable business activities of the groups but also help groups navigate through stages of business growth smoothly.

Ustahimilivu is a four year EU-funded project consortium that aims to support resilience for sustainable livelihoods through the Community Conservancy model, and restore drought resilience within 11 wards of the lowlands in West Pokot County.

In the consortium, E4Impact Foundation will be giving support in Enterprise and value chain development.

Dorcas Yano,

Business Coach, Ustahimilivu Project

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