Women in Bangladesh have made some important gains in the formal labour market in the past twentyfive years mainly due to increased participation in the garment sector and an NGO-led microcredit revolution targeting women.

SOLAR POWERED LIVELIHOODS

The preservation of food in rural Kenya has been a huge problem for generations. The practise in Kenya is normally to eat the meat on the day of purchase and the butchers often suffer from a loss of meat to spoilage. This project will provide solar fridges and freezers as well as trainings to reduce the wastage of meat and increase the food hygiene standards within one community.
The project will involve the construction of a simple building that will have two large chest freezers and two large fridges all powered by solar energy. A group of four women will be selected for a business skills and food hygiene training and they will manage the cold room. Through these business trainings the women will utilise the fridges as an income generating activity in which they can store milk, food and other perishable items to be sold at market. The fridges will also be rented out to the local butchers who have been trained on meat hygiene to enable them to store their meat hygienically and reduce the food spoilage rate. The small fee will be charged to the butchers and a small amount will go in a savings account to maintain the cold room and the profits will go towards the women who can use it for their personal livelihoods.
The other fridge and the other freezer will be used for free by the 30 local community members that have been trained on food hygiene and storage. They can store their perishable foods in the fridges and freezers to give them a longer shelf life.
A local community member will also be trained on maintenance of solar equipment and will provide free services to the cold room.
All people involved in the project will be given a small food hygiene pack which contains anti-bacterial spray, soap and food covers.

AIM

Create a Solar Fridge/Freezer room in an impoverished village on the outskirts of Garissa town to provide a group of women with a sustainable livelihood and improving the health of the community.

OBJECTIVES

  • To increase the food hygiene standards in the selected community¬†

  • To increase the food hygiene standards for the 5 butchers involved in the project

  • To increase the food hygiene standards for the 5 butchers involved in the project

MADE POSSIBLE WITH