IKEA Foundation Project

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Hand in Hand Eastern Africa through its global network partner, Hand in Hand International  has received a grant of US $3.6 million from the IKEA Foundation to help thousands of women and young people in rural Kenya work towards a brighter, more environmentally friendly future.

The project will help 43,200 impoverished mothers and young people in Kenya thrive as Eco-entrepreneurs, even while inspiring 4,800 future business leaders at Entrepreneurship Clubs in primary and secondary schools. For thousands of children, the results will be transformative: full stomachs, inquiring minds and a world full of potential.

The project is been implemented in 12 counties namely; Homabay, Migori, Nyamira, Kisii, Busia, Siaya, Bungoma, Bomet, Kericho, Narok, Embu and Kirinyaga.

Women potters from South Kanyaluo Wipap Obolo pottery. They make cook stoves which reduce carbon emission and uses less firewood thus reduced tree cutting. These are affordable and scalable solutions towards tackling climate change for more resilient economies.

The grant is among the IKEA Foundation’s first after it announced last year it would dedicate

€1 billion (US $1.14 billion) to fighting climate change.

Resilience to climate change

The grant will go towards supporting the creation of thousands of self-sustaining green businesses in areas like water purification, charcoal briquette production and up-cycling. It also means training thousands more agricultural entrepreneurs to farm organically, and to use techniques including crop diversification, irrigation, planting trees to reduce soil erosion and more.

“Impoverished rural communities are on the front lines of climate change,” said Hand in Hand Eastern Africa CEO Pauline Ngari. “Now more than ever, adaptation and mitigation are absolutely crucial. We thank the IKEA Foundation for playing their part, and enabling us to play ours.”

Hand in Hand Eastern Africa has launched a programme aimed at empowering households to undertake economic activities that conserve the environment. Read the article here as it appeared in the Standard newspaper.

The story was also highlighted by the Star and Mediamax websites as below

Standard Newspaper Article

Star Newspaper Article

Mediamax Network Article