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MamaKuku

IMPROVING LIVELIHOODS THROUGH CHICKEN BREEDING

The MamaKuku-Project tries to improve the livelihood of the rural population in the Kilombero Valley (Tanzania) on the basis of the long-standing cooperation with already existing women's groups. The focus is on the organic rearing, sale and utilization of locally accepted chicken breeds in a special brooding unit. The women's group obtain chicken from KV-HELP to favorable prices, and organize distribution and selling through their saving and credit assocations. This improves the women's access to chicken and to knowledge about chicken keeping, and provides an important, additional source of income.



 

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Modules

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HEALTH PROTECTION & HEALTH PROMOTION

FOOD SECURITY &
MICRO-ENTREPRISE

SAVING & LENDING

HEALTHY

LIVELIHOODS

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SAVING & LENDING

Smallholder farmers struggle to meet their financial needs. Agricultural income is infrequent and volatile, and formal financial services do not reach them or do not meet their needs. KV-HELP empowers women to run self-governed, community-based financial organizations. The aim is:


– To build a network of small, community-based Saving Groups that accumulate savings and
give loans to their members.
– To assist mature groups to advance to Digital Saving Groups that manage their financial services
through digital platforms relying on mobile technology.

 

FOOD SECURITY & MICRO-ENTREPRISE

KV supports women’s entrepreneurial spirit to counteract the widespread food insecurity. It supports agricultural diversification and organic farming. The aim of this key area is:


– to strengthen agricultural innovation, increase the profitability of small businesses run by women and
– to promote new strategic partnerships with the organization “Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania” (SAT) in Morogoro and the Sokoine University of Agriculture in Morogoro.

 

HEALTH PROTECTION & PROMOTION

 

Most people in Tanzania have no health insurance. A disease or an accident often has serious consequences for individuals and their families. KV-HELP follows a dual approach of health protection and health promotion:

 

Health Protection:

KV-HELP helps women to save for health in a self-managed social  fund which can mitigate emergency situations in case of disease. Furthermore, the NGO educates women’s groups about health insurance and promotes models like the improved Community Cealth Fund (iCHF).

 

Health Promotion:

Prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs)
KV-HELP acts as a knowledge platform that uses new, creative methods (plays, cooking courses, sms reminders) to sensitise people about how to prevent widespread NCDs such as diabetes or cardiovascular diseases.



 

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