Economic status is a clearly established determinant of health, and 50% of Kenyans live below the poverty line. Pamoja CBO has been working with the community and the University of British Columbia to establish local best practices for poverty reduction, including a baseline survey conducted in 2009. In 2010 visiting students from UBC put together market analyses and business plans for a menu of options with potential to help people lift themselves out of the poverty cycle (e.g. bee keeping, brick making, mushroom farming, etc). They also investigated community micro-credit schemes for providing start-up capital. Pamoja CBO will pilot goat project, mushroom farming, and microfinance, as potential sustainable livelihood strategies, and will plan to expand them further in future years.
The Sustainable Livelihoods Project furthers our exempt purposes by empowering community members to move out of the poverty cycle, thus becoming better able to support their own health, education, and development needs independently.
Pamoja CBO is funded by the Global Health Initiative (a student group at the University of British Columbia, Canada), to implement this project