ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT




Rafiki has built a flourishing Economic Empowerment Program to lead the work of securing the financial base of families involved in our program.

We do this through a series of activities including the distribution of inputs to start income-generating activities, demonstration gardens and fish ponds that model best-practices and new innovations to the community, and production units that add value to the produce of our families' gardens and farms.

Rafiki’s Economic Empowerment Program is guided by the twin values of sustainability and environmental conservation. To promote sustainability, we have introduced skill-building in financial literacy. Activities are focused around savings as well as plowing profits back into the activity to sustain it                                                                                                               past the period of Rafiki's initial support.

At Rafiki, we emphasize balancing the community’s socio-economic needs with environmental conservation so that environmental resources are safeguarded for future generations. We encourage organic practices of pest management and careful use of the limited fresh water available in this drought-prone area. We not only train in economic protection values but practice them ourselves in our demonstration gardens.

Some examples of Rafiki’s Economic Empowerment programs include:
    • Financial Literacy, Entrepreneurial and Business Planning training and mentorship, targeting women groups.
    • Value addition training and mentorship, including Moringa processing, and bee keeping management and honey processing.
    • Support to scale-up micro-enterprises including bee hives, poultry, farm inputs, and seedlings for Moringa, fruit and Grevillea trees.