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Project: The SKY* is the Limit!  Catalyzing a Youth-led Rural Economy in Kenya
Social Enterprise Catalyst:  Sauti Kuu Foundation  "Unlock Minds, Foster Innovation, Enable!"

The Sauti Kuu Foundation's mission is to unearth the wealth of rural opportunity by empowering youth to use locally available human and material resources to achieve sustainable social-economic stability.  The Sauti Kuu Foundation (SKF) believes that economically empowered youth, are the engine that will drive rural economies across Africa.  To build this model of peer-to-peer change, the Sauti Kuu Foundation is co-creating an integrated rural economy with youth in a Kenyan village.  With modest beginnings, the first income generation projects will enable the Sauti Kuu Youth (SKY) to address their top priorities to pay for school fees & feed themselves & their families a nutritious diet.

Based upon a sustainable agriculture model developed in West Africa and using SKF's signature Design Dialogue process, SKY leaders together with SKF staff have reviewed locally available resources and selected the following income generation programmes:

•    Chickens, to sell eggs, compost and other value added products.
•    Greenhouse, to raise & sell nursery/horticultural stock and offer value added products & services, such as landscaping and reforestation.

•    Cultural Roots/Heritage, to make, sell & perform Ohangla and Nyatiti, traditional musical instruments, while engaging elders to teach youth to play instruments.

A youth-led integrated rural economy will help reduce urban flight to overcrowded mega-slums, restore degraded land while catalyzing a generation of entrepreneurs, creating sustainable livelihoods for their villages.  The model is being designed for replication across sub-Saharan Africa. 

Ecosystem Overview:  Siaya District is tropical savana.  60 wild species, including fruits, underground portions, leaves & fungal fruiting bodies, were traditionally gathered to suplement the diet.  Agriculture is now the primary source of income (decline in fishing), with 52 crops cultivated, using fallow periods & intercropping to regenerate nutrients & organic matter.  Deforestation affects soil erosion & moisture, rainfall patterns, water filtration & Yala river flow into Lake Victoria.

To help the Sauti Kuu Youth reach for the SKY or for more information about Sauti Kuu Youth, please contact

Project:  Jepara Forest Conservancy (JFC) Indonesia, Mount Muria Project
Social Enterprise Catalyst:  Tropical Salvage  
Tropical Salvage's retail promotions will connect consumers to JFC's restoration efforts. 
Old Wood, New Use, Positive Change.  Tropical Salvage practices a simple business model.  We salvage old deconstruction and rediscovered wood and put it to new imaginative use. In doing so, we contribute to positive economic, social and environmental change.

The Yayasan Jepara Forest Conservancy (JFC) was catalyzed by a group of local citizens concerned about environmental degradation and sustainable economic development in their peninsula, Mount Muria, located in north central Java, Indonesia.  Established in January 2008, JFC is a joint venture of the NGO, the Institute for Culture and Ecology (IFCAE,; a business building the restoration economy, Tropical Salvage (TS,; the Jepara community-based organization Yayasan JFC; and Perum Perhutani, Indonesia’s state-owned forestry company. 
JFC is guided by the principle that climate change mitigation projects must be fully integrated with climate change adaptation strategies.  We work together with local communities to combine environmental objectives with generating sustainable livelihoods, food security and cultural resilience.  JFC offers a forestry-based carbon sequestration project with an unusually rich bundle of ecosystems services.

Jepara Forest Conservancy seeks seed capital funding for two projects, which will show a positive financial return in as little as two years:
1.    Habitat Restoration USD $130,000.  To begin restoration of the first 34 hectares of organic forest garden, employing 35-40 people.  After two years, revenues from the forest garden’s productive species, eco-tourism and Tropical Salvage’s retail promotions will generate funds to protect endangered Javan Ebony Langurs.
2.    Carbon Offset Certification USD $80,000.  To certify its Muria project through the Carbon, Community and Biodiversity Alliance.  One hectare of JFC project land is estimated to sequester twelve tons of carbon per year, generating $10-15 per ton, generating $31,200-46,800 of salable carbon offset credits per year.

JFC will address climate change issues in ways that build just and equitable partnerships between communities in the developed and developing worlds.  Working through a broad stakeholder partnership based on international trade innovations, we aim to establish a model that is scalable in Indonesia and globally.

For more information:
Jepara Forest Conservancy Greg Hill & Tim O'brien,
Tropical Salvage website: