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Send a Cow has been working in Kenya since 1996 and has had a huge impact on thousands of the poorest families.

We work in the underdeveloped Western Province of the country – which is a world apart from its better known beaches and safari parks.

Kenya's population has tripled in the last 35 years putting pressure on the country's resources and leaving its youth particularly vulnerable. The impact of climate change is having a devastating effect on farmers in Kenya. Unpredictable rains and droughts are damaging crop cycles and pushing the price of food up. Insect pests and parasitic weeds also have a damaging effect on crop yields.

More than three quarters of the population live in rural areas, relying on agriculture for food and income. But, the unpredictable climate means families are going without food, with many slipping deeper into poverty. Although 42 million people work in agriculture, only 10% of the land is arable.

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Building Thriving Communities in Western Kenya

This 2-year project starting in June 2021 aims to consolidate gains made in the previous project; Improving nutrition and livelihoods for mothers and children in Western Kenya. The project will intensively and sustainably deepen natural resource management, increase incomes through enterprise development and connections to markets, and support families to create strong, resilient community structures.

Improved Equine Welfare for Sustainable Livelihoods - Kaptama

Donkeys are traditionally treated poorly and are low on the pecking order in some parts of Kenya. They are often overworked and undernourished, meaning they are unhealthy and unproductive.

Enterprising Migori

This 4-year project, starting in 2020, will consolidate the gains made in the Kakrao Sustainable Livelihoods Project, expanding our reach to cover more vulnerable families in the nearby ward of West Kanyamkago as well as deepening our impact in the Kakrao project area.

KALRO (Kakamega, Bungoma and Siaya)

This project will improve food security, nutrition and incomes of smallholder farmers in Western Kenya through increasing farm productivity. The project will work closely with Peer Farmer Trainers to train farmers in the indigenous value chain and increase production of a quick maturing indigenous chicken breed.

Ruth

“In my journey with Send a Cow I am mostly proud of being self-reliant. For this I thank God, because I beg no more; hardly do I leave my home; I eat any food of my choice; I use clean energy for lighting my home; my home hygiene an sanitation has improved; I have good, valuable skills; I am respected in the community and my children are healthy and attend school.”

Ruth Wealth Creation Project, Kenya

60% of people are now food secure, a huge increase from just 6%.

Almost 90% of women now say they are involved in decision making, and incredible increase from just 36%.

The number of people hopeful for the future has almost doubled to 99%.