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Burundi and Kenya. Work to stay, work to overcome poverty

A project for the 2018-2019 Tents Campaign

Kenya By Aldo Gianfrate

Burundi and Kenya are East African countries with a different level of economic development, but the respective rural areas are very similar due to the strong presence of tribal culture in everyday life. Burundi is one of the poorest countries in the world, while Kenya aims to get out of the list of developing countries by 2030, but still has 20 million people who survive with about one euro a day.

It is therefore important to offer the poorest families the instruments to improve their condition starting from the strengthening of their economic capacity.

With the Tents Campaign project, AVSI invests on the new generations of these two countries, giving the possibility through general and specific training to enter the labor market, realize and create real development for the entire community.

Activities

The project in rural areas:

• Training and strengthening of agricultural production capacity (techniques, fertilization, scheduling, management of water resources etc.);

• Improvement of seed use (selection of suppliers, diversification of production, reproduction techniques etc.);

• Improvement of the management of farmed animals and increase of milk production (training on breeding techniques, fodder, animal health etc.);

• Training or strengthening of cooperatives for the collection, conservation, storage and sale of agricultural products (with market analysis) with strengthening of coordination and networking systems;

• Raising awareness on the use of green energy sources and reduction of the use of coal, installation of systems for the production of energy from renewable sources;

• Strengthening and development of small income generating activities and creation of savings groups.

The project in urban areas:

• Basic literacy and math courses;

• Technical training in the field of manufacturing / craft production (learning of techniques for the creation of soap, for the preparation of bread, for the installation and repair of electrical systems and mechanical components etc.);

• Apprenticeships in companies and small local businesses aimed at employing or acquiring skills that enable self-employment;

• Tutoring of the trained ones and follow-up on course results.

People involved

10 thousand people (between Burundi and Kenya)