This project proposes an effective approach to enhance the livelihoods of poor slum-dwellers in the Dandora dumpsite in Nairobi, Kenya. The beneficiaries of the project clearly lived in misery, with poor working conditions, food insecurity, severe health issues and where women, youth and children were subject to abuse and vulnerability to any shock. The project provides solutions for these people, increasing their household income, enhancing food security through the introduction of modern urban farming techniques, the construction of social housing and the promotion of skills, vocational training, as well as providing basic health services and encouraging that children go to school. The results of the project are promising, relate well to the mission and values of AGFUND. It is about enabling women, children and other dumpsite dwellers to move out of extreme poverty
The project is highly relevant to the theme of the Prize, highly related to SDG 1, as the project focuses on poor people living and working in a dumpsite in Nairobi, with a special focus on women, youth and children. The aim of the project is to increase incomes and improve their livelihoods, lifting them out of poverty. The implementer, Dandora Dumpsite rehabilitation Group (DAREG) carries out its activities under three pillars: 1. sports and arts– using sports to rehabilitate street children and children living in the dumpsite ; 2. Education and vocational skills—support children to return and remain in school; 3. Entrepreneurship—providing business management skills and microfinance to women and youth to set up and grow micro-enterprises. Hundreds of women and children have benefitted from the project.
The social impact is great and helping people (including children and women) to stop living in a dumpsite and settle in decent homes is a good response to a major social and environmental problem.