Combatting Food Insecurity in Kenya
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Pamela sells her vegetables to local vendors in the market. Thanks to a $100 loan from TCP Global partner, KIMININI Imara Women's Group in Kitale, Kenya, she increased her vegetable production and her earnings. The extra money enabled her to plan a real Christmas celebration for her family. 
Claire used her $100 loan from KIMININI to buy more nutritious feed for her cows. They used to be emaciated, producing barely enough milk for the family.  With profit from the excess milk they now produce, Claire bought 7 chickens for a new poultry project. She says her life is really transforming.
Sarah used her $100 loan to expand her grocery business and to buy bunches of green bananas to ripen and sell at a profit. The earnings are helping her to enlarge her house. Each January she needs extra earnings for school fees. 
Kista provides part time employment for several helpers through her vegetable and poultry farming. She sells chickens to local eateries and is saving to expand in 2021.  
Since water is scarce at the communal well, she is sparing in her use of water for irrigating her garden so that families do not lack for essential use at home. 

DIG’s restorative agriculture program helps the most marginalized community members living far below the poverty line gain stability from improved nutrition and food security that enables them to thrive.

Development in Gardening (DIG) is an RPCV-run organization working In an agricultural area of western Kenya where the HIV rate is six times the national average, infant mortality is disproportionately high, gender discrimination is rampant and farmers are particularly vulnerable to the negative impacts of climate change. 

Years of deforestation, unsustainable crop production and reliance on chemicals contributed to soil degradation. DIG hopes to make significant improvements in the lives of the uniquely vulnerable populations in the region.

DIG is working to improve growing conditions and move farmers back to more healthy, diverse, and nutrient-rich crops that can feed their families and increase income. 

In January, 2020, Lona (age 53) received her 1st loan of $50 to buy 67 baby chicks and chicken feed. She is on her 4th round of chickens and got a $100 loan in October to expand that business.  Income from chicken sales and her garden supports her grandchildren and keeps her daughter in college. 
In DIG trainings, Lona learned the value of raised enriched beds and the use of local organic manures and plant extracts to protect her crops. Her vegetable garden feeds her family and also provides enough extra for $25 in monthly sales. 
In December, TCP Global welcomed MEPI, Mount Elgon Peace Initiative, to its Kenya program. Funds should arrive to open the program by early spring. 
COVID safety precautions are followed in distributing loans. 
Microcredit has shown how you can reach out to people that conventional banking cannot. It has demonstrated that it's a doable proposition.         ....... Muhammad Yunus 
How you can support TCP Global:

1) Connect us, like Chris did, with potential loan partners in marginalized communities. 

2) Forward this notice so others can learn from Marvin how a little capital can have a huge impact. 

3) Volunteer like Josh, to mentor a loan program in a country you know well.

4) Make a donation like Mary Ternoey of Pennington, New Jersey.

Why I support TCP Global

TCP Global is just a really good fit for me as a donor.  It seems that no matter when I give or how much I give, the funds can be put to really good use.  And I always feel my donation will make some difference, some simple undeniable improvement on the planet.
I feel that the people I am giving to will be doing their good work whether I give to them or not.  They have their mission, goal, needs, and they are going to keep pushing forward whether I get on the bandwagon or not.  But my donation will recognize the worth of their work and make it bigger, better, more respected.

And this monetary help goes to people, often in small communities, maybe remote communities, who conceive their own business plans, and get them running, and borrow, and pay back.  And it all works, reasonably, and hopefully with satisfaction, and energy to grow.

And that relationship between TCP Global (Kenya) and me has been working very well.

Mary Kelahan Ternoey was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya.
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