Aloe Farming in Kenya

Improving local economy and empowering communities through sustainable aloe farming, processing, usage and marketing

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About the project Edit

The Kitui County, Kenya, aloe farming project is led by a community-based, non-government organization partnered with a local university and the Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture. It provides rural income and facilitates the rehabilitation of wasteland by producing and transforming aloe to create skin care products sold to local markets. Special focus is on training women in the culture and creation of aloe-based products as they are traditionally linked with this kind of activity.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Aloe farming in the region of Kenya was not used to its full commercial value. Introducing a sustainable and environmentally friendly culture and producing commercially usable, high-quality aloe is novelty in this region.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

Social impact: The initiative provides stable incomes and capacity building, as well as empowers women in rural areas of Kenya. It also enhances women’s contribution to household decision-making.

Environmental impact: Aloe can grow properly in dry soil that is unusable for other kinds of crops. Large areas of wasteland are rehabilitated through bench terracing and aloe farming. As women have more family income, they can purchase energy-saving cooking stoves which reduces the use of fuel wood significantly.

Economic impact: The initiative creates a new source of income for communities in rural areas thereby improving the overall economic situation of targeted groups.

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