Nutrition is a critical health issue for the majority of impoverished people and has particular importance for people with HIV who are more likely to enter a spiral of poor health, increasing poverty, worsening nutrition and then worsening health. This pilot project targets nutrition and poverty directly, by providing the inputs necessary for growing nutritious foods in the variety required which improves nutritional status and decreases spending on groceries, as well as provides income from selling excess vegetables. Implementation involves identifying and engaging nutrition and farming experts, selecting pilot beneficiaries and purchasing commodities, monitoring and evaluating the intervention and reporting to stakeholders.
Pamoja CBO is partnering with the community, with local Kenyan health facilities, and with the Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture to implement this project in Kisumu West District of Nyanza Province, Kenya.
This activity furthers our exempt purposes by helping the community build a response both to the nutrition and the financial implications of HIV. Approximately 5% of our time is allocated to this project.
Pamoja CBO has received funding for this project from the Ministry of Agriculture to expand goat breeding, provide mini irrigation (pedal pumps) and grow alternative crops (Amaranth) for food security. Pamoja CBO human resources for the project will be funded by the Texas entity, through private donations.