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Seje | Kenya

Agriculture and livestock

Agriculture and Livestock - Seje - Kenya
In progress
Project Status
In progress

Glory Centre Academy has been working towards self sustainability since its inception in 2016. The community of Seje is located in a region of western Kenya that receives little rainfall, so the plan to farm and produce maize, beans and vegetables to provide food for the school and income for operations has failed to produce consistent income.

In February of 2020 the school launched a new incentive, under the watchful eye of a trained and successful poultry operator, to raise chickens. Although the school has had poultry on the land since 2015, and staff members have learned the basics of poultry care and the benefits of having eggs and meat for the students, the involvement of the local poultry operator has taken the small project on to the next steps of growth.

Another goal is to develop a self-sustaining garden with the community providing labor on a rotational basis. Four acres near the Yala river will be leased for the location of the community garden. The garden will have an irrigation system to help produce maize, tomatoes, kale, cabbage, onions, beans and watermelons to sell in the market. The garden will also provide an opportunity to teach new farming techniques.

Selected parents and caretakers of children attending His Blessing School will be required to work one day a week for four hours. Grades 6/7/8 students will also work on the farm once a week as part of the school curriculum.

With investments from local and overseas partners, the project will continue to grow, bringing to fruition the dream of a self-sustainable school, community training, and small home hub operations to provide consistent income to the community and, in turn, develop the whole community.

During the growth stages the most pressing need is investment to bring Glory Centre Academy, and the community of Seje, into a place of profitability.

Latest update

Piggery profits offset primary school costs

The piggery project continues to grow and experience good turnover rates. Recently, 47 piglets were born to seven sows. The farm has 15 gilts ready to farrow and replace some of the elder sows. Despite rising feed costs and housing constraints, this project continues to do well and provides a small profit that helps to offset the operational costs of Seje Primary School.

The greatest challenges facing this project are obtaining space for expansion and meeting feed costs. The more profit the piggery project can make, the more the primary school will benefit. A financial injection of $35,000 is needed to build an additional 40 pen barn which, when fully operational, is expected to generate up to $1,000 per month toward the operational costs of Seje Primary School.

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