LIVELIHOODS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Most business in pastoralist areas of Moyale is mainly supplementary economic activities and sometimes never receives undivided attention. There is very limited involvement of pastoralists in manufacturing business. However, such business activities require certain levels of skills, which many of the households lack the requisite capital to begin such business. Even in communities where the skills are available, lack of start-up capital hinders them from setting up such business. Single proprietors (77%) own an overwhelming majority of the enterprises. Historically, cultural factors in pastoralist communities have hindered most women from acquiring property. ALCHA believes that provision of appropriate financial products to these micro-enterprises is likely to be the single most effective way of directly enhancing their financial and social position in the community. This would also directly enhance their participation in the cash economy.
  • Environmental governance and sustainability

    The organization strives to enhance viable livelihoods through:-
    o Facilitate Participatory Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) processes to enable communities assess their potential hazards and prioritize development
    interventions for sustainable disaster management.
    o Advocate and support dry land farming techniques
    o Improvement in livestock breeds and productivity
    o Facilitate community natural resource governance structures on sustainable rangeland utilization and conflict-sensitive management plans.
    o Establishment of community-managed ranches and pasture enclosures for livestock
    o Community education on pasture reseeding techniques
    o Facilitate linkage of organized to Micro-Finance Institutions (MFI) for ease of credit accessibility
    o Training organized community groups on entrepreneurship skills and livelihood diversification
    o Facilitate establishment of Village savings and Loaning Association (VSLA) - practice of HOME-grown table-banking schemes at village levels.
    o Proper harvesting and storage of hay and forage for remedial livestock feeds during droughts
    o Market value chain promotion
    o Value addition of livestock by-products
    o Education on Health, hygiene and sanitation promotion