ASEVI Society: training youth in farming and forestry skills
Kenya – ASEVI society is a grassroots organization based in Kenya dedicated to eradicating poverty and injustice creating a community where every person enjoys the right to a life of dignity. The organization educates, promotes farming and forestry as a means of sustainable livelihoods, participates in human rights advocacy, conducts health management and disease prevention education and empowers youth through entrepreneurship.
ASEVI was a recipient of a $5000.00 grant from GPA in February, 2013 to implement a passion fruit farming operation on unused farming lands in their communities. Initially, grant funding will provide supplies and training for the operation. Once crops are established, participating youths will be trained in savings and loan operations so that they may participate in ROSCA’s (Rotating Savings and Loan Associations) with a view to encourage structured savings and return on investments through collection of interest. At the conclusion of the project loans will be due and all profits earned remitted to the participating youth in order to begin their business ventures in the community
ASEVI received second level funding ($10,000) from GPA in August, 2014. ASEVI expanded farming operations for 300 youth. The training curriculum included agribusiness, financial literacy, business management and life skills. An additional 20 youth participated in a project to develop a micro enterprise and 30 youth expanded their existing micro enterprises. All participants contributed to the ROSCA and the organization successfully raised over 800,000ksh ($8000 USD) which was later distributed to participants to support their ventures.