The global meeting place for people interested in all things related to SWEETPOTATO

Share your research and experience, ask and answer questions, meet your peers.

Our Objectives

The overall goal of this project is OVC households have improved quality of life.

 

The strategic objectives are,

  1. OVC households in Homa Bay and Migori Counties have increased income to meet the basic needs of OVC.
  2. OVC households have improved health.
  3. Public, private and NGO actors provide higher quality coordinated services to OVC HHs.

 

Prosper Project activates by strategic objective;

SO1; OVC households in Homa Bay and Migori Counties have increased income to meet the basic needs of OVC activities are;

  • Promotes Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) methodology among the community. SILC methodology is a community led microfinance model developed by CRS. Currently the project has 1294 SILC groups with a total membership of 22,293. The project continues to mentor the groups private service providers, SILC group leaders and groups.
  • Entrepreneurship and Business management training to enhance business startups and growth of IGAs started or expanded with SILC loans.
  • The project also advocate for financial needs of SILC groups and support linkages with microfinance institution and government funds to businesses.
  • Setting up of Farmer Field schools (FFS) at community level and Junior Farmer Field and Life Schools (JFFLS) at school level to enhance learning through experimentation and innovations.
  • Roll down of Skills for Marketing and Rural Transformation (SMART Skills) to SILC and FFS groups aims to strengthen all the skills farmers need to create effective and sustainable linkages to markets
  • Provide in-kind grant to individual caregivers and groups the value chains targeted are tissue culture bananas, pawpaw, vegetables, orange flesh sweet potato (OFSP), beehives and honey extractors and improved local poultry.
  • The local partner, Caritas Homa Bay, links OVC HHs to access Sweet Potatoes Vines from International Sweet Potatoes Centre (CIP) through MOALF and MOH for both income and food consumption. Apart from the nutritional importance, the tuber also cushions the families from the shocks of hunger and nutritional deficiencies.
  • Establishment of bulking sites for tissue culture bananas, cassava and OFSP.
  • Collaborate with other stakeholders to conduct agricultural field days and trade fairs.
  • Provide market information and facilitate caregivers market linkages
  • Establishment of kitchen gardens
  • Community health volunteers (CHVs) sensitize HHs on food groups, dietary diversity, food preparation and food handling. OFSP and dark green leafy vegetables are prioritized by CHVs. The project works with 195 CHVs.

 

SO2; HHs with OVC have improved health, education, child protection and WASH practices

  • CHV visit HH to provide Malaria and diarrhea prevention messages
  • Staff visit to priority HH (Priority HH- Child headed, CG living with HIV/OVC living with HIV, elderly CG, HH member with TB or Chronic illness)
  • Conduct community dialogue and action days
  • Facilitate Integrated Community Health outreach
  • Caregivers and OVC in need referred to health facilities
  • Facilitate OVCs to access birth certificates and death certificates for deceased parents.
  • Conduct school visits and Quarterly mentorship meeting with OVC
  • School fees payment for secondary, vocational and special education
  • CHVs mentor caregivers on HH sanitation and hygiene practices
  • Protection of water points

SO3:  OVC HHs consistently access coordinated services from public, private and NGO actors

  • Advocacy training for Implementing Partners
  • Mentorship Program for OVC alumni
  • Support Stakeholder meeting/forums
  • Link OVC to internship opportunities, Scholarships, GoK cash and in-kind grants.
  • Map private sector actors and have meetings with the actors.
  • Make MoUs with the private sector actor based on the CSR policies and caregivers’ needs