The main and initial HiHEA project is funded by the Embassy of Sweden through Sida.The overall goal of the Project was to contribute to reducing rural poverty and work in support of the country’s prioritized strategies of vision 2030 and the UN Millennium Development Goals,with a two-fold specific objective to:
- Provide capacity building and facilitate access to micro finance services to rural families in order for them to start and grow their enterprises and increase their income
- Provide structured business training and market support to rural entrepreneurs to help them access markets, grow their businesses, and generate employment opportunities.
Identified entrepreneurs are supported with basic business training with the “Establishing your Business” curriculum, and subsequent training sessions in how to develop their businesses with the “Growing your Business” curriculum. Additionally, entrepreneurs are facilitated to identify additional/new markets and possibilities to add value to their produce, as well as how to access credit, when needed.
Hand in Hand Eastern Africa (“HiH EA”) worked closely with the National Agricultural and Livestock Extension Program (“NALEP”), under the Ministry of Agriculture of Kenya. In this partnership, Hand in Hand works with Common Interest Groups (“CIG”) and Self-Help Groups (“SHG”) that were initially under the NALEP umbrella.
HiHEA will continue to work with NALEP successor Agriculture Sector Development Support Program (ASDSP) in the area of agriculture value chain development