Project information

Growing Food Security For Women in Rural Kenya

Women living in rural Kenya often have access to a piece of land, but limited knowledge of how to use that land to grow nutritious food and generate income.

Our project teaches women how to grow crops and generate income. They can then send their daughters to school with the money they earn!

March 2018 - March 2019

Charity information: Team Kenya

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  • Need


    In Ndhiwa the majority of the population is dependent on subsistence farming. Environmentally damaging farming practices are widely used, contributing to food poverty of over 50% and high levels of malnutrition.

    Over 63% live in extreme poverty and 50% of girls drop out of school before completion. This can lead to early marriage, Gender Based Violence, early pregnancy and contraction of HIV or other STIs.

    When families do have small incomes, boys' education is prioritised over girls'.


    We will provide 125 women with environmentally friendly agricultural training, seeds, eco-friendly fertilisers and tools to increase their knowledge of how to grow a wide variety of nutritious food to feed their families. The surplus crops will be sold to generate income that the women can then use to pay for their daughters' school fees.

    This project will provide women in Ndhiwa with the knowledge, skills and confidence required to put an end to the intergenerational cycle of poverty.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve food security for 125 families in Ndhiwa, rural Western Kenya.


    » We will provide agricultural training and start up resources to help rural women improve their farming techniques and increase their yields.

    What success will look like

    We will interview the mothers before and after training to demonstrate improvements in the quantity and quality of food. We will personally visit the mothers' farms throughout.

    Aim 2

    Increase household income for rural women in Kenya.


    » We will provide training in how to grow a diverse range of high value crops, so rural women can generate income from their surplus crops.

    What success will look like

    We will interview mothers before and after training to demonstrate the increase in their household income. We will ask mothers to keep a record of their monthly incomes.

    Aim 3

    Increase girls' access to primary and secondary education in rural Kenya.


    » We will help mothers generate enough extra income from their surplus crops, to be able to send their daughters to school.
    » We will work closely with the mothers and the wider community to advocate for the importance of educating girls.

    What success will look like

    We will ask parents to complete a questionnaire to demonstrate improvements in household investment in girls education. We will monitor attendance records at our partner schools.

  • Impact


    Our project will increase food security, reduce poverty and increase access to education for girls in Ndhiwa.

    Thanks to this project, there are already more girls than boys in our partner schools, and every daughter of a trainee was able to go to secondary school last year.

    We expect this impact to be replicated in our new partner schools. We will demonstrate the impact through close monitoring of those trained and through girls' attendance records in our new partner schools.


    The success of agricultural projects is often influenced by droughts and seasonal weather changes.

    We mitigate these risks by encouraging trainees to adopt a range of short, medium and long term crops to ensure both short term and long term financial gains.

    We also offer financial training to ensure that women save income to allow for poor seasons.

    We provide personal support for women throughout their involvement in the project.


    We will provide detailed outlines of the training given and of the resources provided to the 125 women.

    We will provide case studies of the women involved in the project, including photos, videos and interviews.

    We will collect regular impact data and provide reports after 6 and 12 months.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,500 training costs 1 weeks training for 125 women
      £625 tools agricultural tools for the women that need them
      £1,250 seeds and fertiliser start up seeds and fertiliser
      £625 transport and food transport and food provided for women trained
  • Background


    Ndhiwa is a rural region in Homa Bay County, Kenya, where over 67% of the population survive as subsistence farmers on family owned land. It is mostly women who work the land, despite having no rights of ownership. Even if their husband dies the land (and the wife) is passed on to a brother or uncle, a practice known as wife-inheritance.

    Environmentally damaging and unproductive farming practices are widely used, contributing to food poverty of over 50% and high levels of malnutrition.


    125 women will benefit directly from training and resources. 500 children will benefit indirectly from increased food security and increased family income leading to increased school enrolment.

    Poverty negatively impacts girls enrolment in schools as families will choose to spend their limited income on their sons education, rather than their daughters. By advocating for girls education and increasing household income, we expect the number of girls attending school in the region to increase

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Team Kenya has exclusively supported the rural and remote community of Ndhiwa, Homa Bay County, in Western Kenya for almost 20 years. We work in partnership with local people and organisations to meet locally identified needs, and we are among very few organisations focusing on delivering projects to support women and girls in the region.

    We have demonstrated our commitment to the girls and women of Ndhiwa for almost two decades, using our values of sustainability, friendship and teamwork.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ben Margetts

    Ben manages our Growing Food Security and Women in to Enterprise projects. He has over 10 years' experience of working in this field.

    Erick Otieno

    Erick was supported by Team Kenya to complete school and university, and to obtain agricultural qualifications. He now delivers the training.

Our Work


will pay for agricultural training, seeds, fertiliser and tools for one woman.

The girls in our school? The number was terrible. Our school enrolment has now risen from 300 to 724 and we have over 350 girls, so the ratio is almost 50:50 . Team Kenya has employed an agronomist to help the women grow crops. After selling the produce they can now send their girls to school.

Maxwell Jalashe - Teacher at Kuodogo Primary School