Village Location: WESTERN KISII COUNTY
# of Villagers: 1,050
Village Started: NOVEMBER 2021
# of Households Surveyed: 60
# of Villages Who Started in the CHEC: 64
Graduation Date: JUNE 2022
# Graduated from Health Training: 61
# of Participants in Economic Training: 61
2022 Primary Economic Groups:
BEEKEEPING (61 members)
Kiagware is Global Health Connections 4th village to date. It is in the Nyanza Province of Western Kenya. It comprises 3,500 villagers and, of those, 64 members have enrolled in our CHEC. This particular village has an average size of 8 members per household, thus there will be more than 1,136 direct beneficiaries of club training. 80% of participants in the club are women.
GHC conducted the Baseline Survey data collection in November 2021 and began the 24-week Health Training curriculum in January of 2022. Along with increasing the health of the villagers (via improved sanitation, proper water and food storage, etc.) the economic activities we initially introduced were agricultural based. However, we quickly learned that the most lucrative and sustainable activity was beekeeping. Kiagware is a beautiful village, with plenty of arable land, a temperate climate and rainfall throughout the year—three crucial components for successfully raising bees. Picture a more tropical version of Santa Barbara, CA and you have Kiagware Village!
GHC finished the 24-week health training curriculum in late May 2022 and graduated 61 members in June 2022. All 61 continued on to the economic training curriculum and are now involved in beekeeping. The Kiagware apiary is beautiful and thriving and currently has 50 hives that are starting to produce copious amounts of honey!
For more information on the apiary, visit https://greenerhillshoney.org/kiagware-1
Kiagware Survey Team
Overview Photo of Kiagware Village
Margaret issuing seeds and fertilizer for the kitchen gardens
Meeting Site of Health Training Sessions
The Economic Curriculum started in November in Tabaka and the 69 members were able to choose from Beekeeping, Vegetable Farming, Disinfectant Production, Finger Millet, and Poultry.