Microenterprise Development in Lare, Kenya
The Mercy Center seeks to facilitate partnerships and assistance programs in 2016 that will allow the Mercy Secondary School to move towards becoming self-sustainable.
The majority of the population are peasant farmers in Lare, Kenya. Thus, low household incomes, poverty, debt, unemployment and under-employment are stifling the region’s ability to grow economically and improve their living standards. Additionally, cultural bias against women entrepreneurs exists. The Mercy Center Foundation, USA (MCF USA) and Mercy Center Lare (MCL) have the ability to break this cycle and move the community toward self-reliance and sustainability. We are seeking technical and university experts as well as enterprise financing, training and partnerships that will create new livelihoods, opportunities for youth and women and economic growth for the Lare villagers and the region at large.
The cultivation of cash crops, fish ponds and poultry programs will be initiated on our property. The expansion of a piggery and animal husbandry programs will be developed in 2015-16. Cows, sheep, rabbits and chickens and a fish pond are now part of the farm management program contributing to the overall support of the Secondary School’s annual budget plan. Throughout this process, ongoing technical advice, training, equipment, raw materials and assistance in marketing finished products is being sought through local and international communities. Both the Mercy Center Foundation USA and Lare are working in close cooperation to achieve new, successful programs that will help to sustain the Mercy Center Girls Secondary School and the Lare community in the future.
Farmers Training Programs
In taking ownership of the future, the Lare community groups and parents receive training from the Mercy Farm Manager in order to assume responsibility for expanding opportunities that help to sustain the secondary school and the village. Activities will be introduced on a small scale and closely supervised.
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