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Crops cooperative “BOGA”

Objective :  To allow the empowerment of women and rise their

standard of living

Object: To develop an agricultural cooperative for a group of maasai women.

Localization : Kenya ; Kajiado County ; Loitokitok Kuku Group Ranch ; Ole Polos

Community.

Duration : June 2017 / 2018 / 2019/ 2020.

Partners :  Nabulaa CBO, OCCITANIE La REGION, AGENCE MICRO PROJETS.

Description of activities : Crop-growing over 2 acres of land.

Status: On going.

Abstract :

This project, called “BOGA” (green vegetable), aims at developing the empowerment of 25 women of  the CBO Nabulaa, thus rising their income and securing their family supply of food.

It consists primarily in growing a crop over a 1 acre field  (4784 m²). As a first step, that crop will allow to ensure a food-security net, while being a source of additional benefit via the surplus sale.

Those profits will then help to extend the project over a second acre, therefore assuring the durability of the whole undertaking.

BOGA is driven by two great purposes. First and foremost, it aims at reaching a certain level of food security and diversification for the concerned group. But the project also aspires to give the women a good chance at reaching a financial autonomy, notably by selling their production.

The sustainability of that project rests on a great solidarity within the group, established internal rules which guarantees the optimal functioning of the exploitation, as well as technical and management training provided by qualified local actors. The benefits from the first harvest and throughout the following ones will first allow a financial participation, and then hopefully a complete autonomy of the exploitation.

Realisations :

YEAR 1

June / July 2017 : Irrigation system

A drip irrigation system is installed on 1 acre of land.

A base is built on four concrete pillars, but turns out not to be strong enough. It is quickly replaced by a backup wood base.

 
 
 

October / November  2017 first plantations:

 
 

November /December 2017 first harvest:

Cabbage, onions and watermelons.

The first harvest is not optimal.

Despite the presence of a night watchman, seedlings and vegetables are eaten by antelopes and zebras, while  watermelons end up being devoured by a family of elephants.

Nevertheless, women share what’s left.

 

February 2018 Preparation of the field for the futurs plantations:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

RealisationsYEAR 2

June 2018 : Second harvest 

 

Excellent harvest of beans.Sale starts strong and allows the group to help purchasing  the next vegetable  rotation.

 

 

 

 

July 2018 : Installation of the solar electric fence

A solar electric barrier is installed all around the crops.

It aims to protect the plots from the wild and domestic pests.

 

 

August/Sept 2018   Preparation of tomato planting:

 

Sept/Oct 2018 Into the field. 

 

 

December 2018 / January 2019 : Tomato harvest

Women make boxes for the sale of tomatoes.

Overall, a very nice harvest despite a water pressure problem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April / May 2019 New rotation of crops: