Eric Onyambu's New Entry

Eric Onyambu's New Entry: Empowering Women and the Youth for Sustainable Livelihood, by Organic Farming

Nairobi, KenyaKeroka, Kenya
Year Founded:
2014
Organization type: 
for profit
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Most of Kenya's population live in rural areas which comprises of the youths and women;who have the potential for development but lack empowerment and capital.I provide them with free training on organic farming;provide them with free seeds and seedlings to grow and buy their produce

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if we start by empowering our rural communities?Imagine having an empowered world;the world is a collection of communities
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Women and youth form large portion of rural population and they are unemployed and don’t have a source of income. Their only source of incomes comes from small scale farming. Most of the women and youth get married at a tender age thus they never get to continue with their education thus they cannot access any form of employment.There is problem unemployment which leads to poverty.Another big challenge is these women and youth lack empowerment.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The proposed solution is Empowering Women and the Youth for Sustainable Livelihood, food security and Healthy Eating through Organic Farming.The innovation will focus on sustainable improvement of livelihoods of small scale farmers through sustainable agriculture and in particular organic farming, a system of farming using locally available materials to improve the soil, yield and farmers standards of living.We will provide free training on modern organic farming practices;thereafter we will provide free seeds and seedlings to the farmers (Vegetables and Fruits) Upon growing and maturity of the crop we will purchase from them at the market price and sell them in the capital city Nairobi by doing home delivery.We will start table banking.

Awards

Tony Elumelu Foundation (Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programm) Seed Capital USD5000 and achivement certificate.The pollination Project Grant USD1000
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Women work hard to feed their families.most of them till other peoples land for a daily pay which is less than a dollar.This women have small kitchen gardens which they plant few vegetables for home use.These women don't have information how they can increase the yield of their gardens.when we train these women on organic farming and make them know they can use the available manure for their kitchen gardens will increase their kitchen garden yields and have surplus for sale.This generates income for them and make them have a sustainable livelihood.for the youth when kept busy in their farms they will not indulge in drinking and activities which will bring insecurity to the community.Being empowered economically help them make right choices.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

currently we are working with 120 youths and women in Nyamira County.This has an impact of more than 400 dependents of these families.Women who were earning USD4 per week can now afford to earn USD18 per week from his small piece of land.These women and youth use their income to take their children to school by paying school fees. The youth who were unemployed now have a source of income and are kept busy in their farms thus avoiding them from indulging in negative activities. In the future we are planning to save 10% of our outgrowing earning to start a table banking facility which will offer credit facilities to the members.This will also promote a saving culture for these women and the youths in the rural areas. We plan to recruit more than 1000 youths in the first year in Nyamira county.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

By the first year we would like to recruit more 1000 women in Nyamira County.This trend will continue till we cover the whole county.The revenue we will get from the sales of the organic produce in the urban centers will be reinvested back into the community for more variety of fruits and vegetables and roots.This will increase our supply capability. We are planning to ask the farmers to be saving 10% of each of their earning weekly or monthly so as to start a table banking facility in the second year.upon success we will replicate the project into four adjacent counties by the 5th year.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

The revenue will be collected from the sales and some of the profits will be reinvested into the community by recruiting more youths and women into the project so to increase production and empowerment in the community.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

One hen project is doing a similar project but for them they are doing using hens and hen feed.for my project it is into agriculture.
Team

Founding Story

I have been doing volunteer community work in my village in Nyamira County helping children with special needs. These families live in abject poverty and don’t have a source of income. I provide them with foodstuff, clothing and medication. This has proved not to be sustainable. I have decided to start small project of organic farming of arrow roots, sweet potatoes and vegetables. This project will not only target families with kids with special needs but also women in the surrounding community. The produce produced some will feed their families and the surplus will be bought from them and transported to urban areas for sale.

Team

Personnel Post Qualification Onyambu Eric Director BSc IT and Certificate in Entrepreneurship Annah Nyatichi Field supervisor Diploma in Organic Farming Cynthia Mwende Farmers’ Trainer Diploma in Organic Farming Geoffrey Onguso Farmers’ Trainer Diploma in Organic Farming Jeremiah Gichora Extension officer Certificate in Organic Farming Naomi Momanyi Extension officer Diploma in Community Development Marianne Georges Accountant CPA Henry Obiria Driver Carol Angasa Shop attendant Diploma in Marketing
Background
Please confirm how you heard about the Unilever Awards:

social media

Please confirm your role in the initiative (eg Founder/co-Founder) and your organisational title:

Founder-Director

Which of the 8 UN Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) pre-selected for this competition does your solution relate most closely to? [select all that apply]

No Poverty, Gender Equality, Decent Work and Economic Growth.

Leadership and the Unilever Awards
Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.

Have pioneered in initiative to help children with special needs in my community,starting fish pond project in my local community.

Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?

Am working with the Tony Elumelu Foundation,am partnering with local leaders like chiefs,I have advisory board for my company.I have a UK based mentor who guides in most issues.