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 fo
llowing 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.
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