A self-reliant rural community that is able to evolve sustainable development
To solicit, access and build up resources necessary to facilitate, develop and empower the rural poor to participate effectively in their development process
CIFORD Kenya is a community based organisation that focuses on mobilising the local community to help improve their lives through rural development and social education. We are based in Meru County, Kenya, where, since 2000, we have been conducting various projects that focus on agricultural training, community empowerment, and sustainable living.
Women were brought together to discuss and be trained on the issues of general development. The women forums mainly focused on the family life, women economic empowerment and social life. It also discussed the sexuality.
Energy saving stoves
With the encouragement to plant more trees, women were given an alternative to reduce cutting down trees for fuel, the energy efficient stoves.
We encourage the farmers to use the locally available resources for food production. These skills trained are economically viable, environmentally friendly, and culturally acceptable and socially just for sustainable development.
Water harvesting technique’s to enable families to access clean drinking water and surplus for the kitchen gardening and provision of water tanks
This is aimed at enabling the community to realize their full potential and be able to voice and deal with issues which are anti-developmental in the society. through promoting alternative rite of passage seminars
Esther shares some of what she learned from attending a CIFORD Kenya Girls Empowerment and anti-FGM seminar. CIFORD Kenya is a local organization in Meru, Kenya which empowers girls and gives them an alternative rite of passage.
Meru Women's Garden Project
An insight into a 3-year project that is being run in partnership with Soroptimist International and CIFORD. Meet some of the women in Meru, see what we've done so far and hear from Margaret Ikiara, Executive Director at CIFORD
Community Initiatives for Rural Development (CIFORD Kenya)
CIFORD Kenya is a community-based organization that focuses on mobilizing the local community to help improve their lives through rural development and social education.
Domestic violence has become a very common vice in Meru at large. In Kenya domestic violence has increased to 38%. The violence is both physical and emotional for both men and women. We have had women killed or have their body parts mutilated by their partners. CIFORD...read more
A widow, a mother and a grandmother at the same time. Her son’s marriage collapsed, and the daughter-in-law left; leaving behind a son (below), the burden to provide for the family befell her. With just as small piece of land left behind by her late husband, she...read more
A kitchen garden is a small plot of land in which vegetables are grown for household consumption. This is meant to make use of kitchen waste water which is sieved to remove leftover food and involves small irrigation practices by use of water buckets and watering...read more
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