Village Location: KISII COUNTY--SEMI-URBAN AREA
# of Villagers: 1,600
Village Started: NOVEMBER 2021
# of Households Surveyed: 56
# of Villagers Who Started in the CHEC: 122
Graduation Date: JUNE 2022
# Graduated from Health Training: 78
# of Participants in Economic Training: 60
2022 Primary Economic Groups:
BEEKEEPING (60 members)
Kegati is GHC's 5th Village in Kisii County. This village is 7.4 Km and roughly a 15 minute drive from Kisii town. Our baseline surveys of the community covered 56 households. The surveys consisted of health questions, such as nutrition intake, housing and compound situations, water source conditions, and hand washing, along with economic and social questions. Most households did not have kitchen gardens and therefore bought their vegetables from the market. Because of the large number of family members of many of the households, this practice considerably raised their daily expenses. A decent number of households in Kegati live in mud walled houses, with grass thatched roofs and rusty old iron sheets, which leak when it rains. The houses tend to be poorly smeared and they have no places in their kitchens to place their utensils.
Most households had hand washing stations but a good number were non-functional because they lacked soap and disinfectants. Most households had poorly built pit latrines, with mud walls and floors made of logs.
The results of the baseline surveys told us that there is tremendous opportunity for behavior change, and health and economic empowerment in this village. We started the health curriculum in early spring and recently conducted the hands-on model kitchen garden session. We look forward to finishing this curriculum, and starting the economic curriculum soon thereafter. We will eventually conduct midline surveys to gauge progress.
GHC finished the 24-week health training curriculum in late May 2022 and the members proved to be an eager and happy bunch throughout the entire curriculum. Member turnout was consistently high and all showed commitment and engagement. We graduated all 78 members in June 2022.
60 of the 78 members continued on to the economic training curriculum and are now involved in beekeeping. The Kegati apiary is beautiful and thriving and currently has 50 hives that produce copious amounts of honey!
For more information on the apiary, visit https://greenerhillshoney.org/kegati-1
Survey Team making a plan
A villager showing her tippy-tap station
GHC's Mark working with CHEC members on the model kitchen garden