Real Impact targets marginalized groups like women and the youth and helps them to become self-employed and financially independent to eliminate malnutrition and the need for relief food.
August 23, 2012
John Nyanjui is 28 years old and mentally challenged. As the time to graduate from school approached, he worried he would have had nowhere to go. Having come from a poor background, jobless, and living in a society that can stigmatize people who are different, Nyanjui was uncertain about his future.
Youth unemployment is a growing problem that constitutes 70% of total unemployment in Kenya, according to the Africa Economic Outlook. Nyanjui would need to compete in an already stretched job market.
The July 2012 update from the Kenya Maize Development Program highlights the success of the Village-based Advisor model for distributing farm in-puts and extension services in Bungoma. Read the report here.
The project is part of the U.S government’s Feed the Future initiative that supports Kenya government efforts to fight poverty and food insufficiency and as a result eliminate the need for chronic food aid.
August 13, 2012
At 105 years of age, Raphael Abongo is not your average senior citizen. The elderly father of 24 and grandpa of 210 is not just an avid farmer but also still the main breadwinner for his large family. While he has been depending on crops like maize, peanuts, beans, tomatoes and butternut for sustenance, he says his latest crop has been the most profitable by far.
Orange-fleshed sweet potatoes are the secret ingredient for the popular and nutritious dishes he makes
August 8, 2012
Romanos Opato, a farmer in his late thirties and father of two, splits his time between the farm and the kitchen.
This is since he discovered a creative way of converting one of his new food crops to delicious pastries and other locally popular dishes. The orange-fleshed sweet potato, which he started growing in early 2011 through his farmer group, is his secret ingredient for the nutritious dishes described as ‘superior tasting’ by his customers.
In 2011, the U.S. supported Kenya’s fight against malaria with over KShs 3.3billion (US $40 million) in malaria control activities; including the procurement of 2,212,500 Long Lasting Insecticided Nets (LLIN) that were distributed through a mass campaign to populations at risk of malaria.
Find out more Information about USAID's programs in Kenya by reading the newly released 2011 Annual Report. Click here to read the report.