Sustainability

Approach

Why Sustainability

COME UNITY partners with local leaders to develop income generating activities. While sustainability looks different in every community, the goal is the same: cultivate opportunities for self-sufficiency. Our projects provide economic independence, strengthen the impact of already functioning institutions, and support the local economy to ensure our partners will have long-lasting change.

We strive to understand local culture, to identify access to resources,to build on existing skill sets, and to study local economies in order to respond to the specific needs of our partner communities. We find out what community members are already doing to earn a living and try to help them do it better.

The Facts

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    In Kenya unemployment is at 40% and in Ethiopia it is at 22.5%.

    Source:  UN Human Development Report

     

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    In Kenya, 61% of the population rely on agriculture for their livelihoods and 48% of all the land is used for agricultural purposes.

    Source: Heifer International, Kenya

     

     

     

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    Women reinvest 90% of their income back into their households, compared to men who reinvest only 30 to 40 percent.

    Source: UNGEI, 2009

     

Our Response

  • COME UNITY works to understand the local economies and skillsets of the community. Because of this, each sustainability project is unique to the community.*

    *See the timeline below for more information on our projects.
  • COME UNITY has invested in providing greenhouses and drip irrigation systems that provide food and teach communities more efficient ways of farming. Shorter rainy seasons and hotter temperatures have made it increasingly difficult for communities to grow food. In addition, tribes that were once nomadic do not know how to farm their land well. 

  • The Maasai Bead Project uses an existing skillset of the Maasai women and provides them and their families with needed income.

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Bead Initiative 2009
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The Massai women in this community make very unique and beautiful bead work, crafting necklaces, bracelets, key chains, ornaments, and much more. We have worked together to create a market in the U.S. where they can sell their goods and add to the provision of their families.

The Cattle Campaign 2010
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In Kenya they say, “Cattle are like the stock market.” In 2010, COME UNITY started a campaign to fund cattle for the community of Ilbissil, which generates income for families. After two years, cattle that were once feeble and thin can grow healthy and fat, and can then be used as payment for the continued education of Ilbissil’s sponsored daughters.

Drip Irrigation System 2014
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In 2014, our partners in Ilbissil started a drip irrigation system using the water from the first borehole COME UNITY supplied. This system has allowed the community to multiply their harvest using minimal amounts of water. The crops from the harvests provide food and income for the community.

Alale Greenhouse 2016
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The Greenhouse Project has supplied the girls’ secondary school with crops that are used to teach agriculture and cooking skills, as well as supply the school and neighboring community with food and a means to generate income.

St. Anne's Greenhouse 2017
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Similarly to Alale, this Greenhouse Project will supply St. Anne's girls’ secondary school in Pokot with the resources to learn about agriculture and farming. This project is currently in progress and COME UNITY is committed to seeing it through to completion.

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The Community

"There was a scarcity of fresh vegetables in the vicinity before the project was initiated by COME UNITY. Apart from access to fresh green vegetables in the school, we are able to sell excess produce and raise some income in the school. The experience of greenhouse farming has also sharpened my farming skills!"

Nathan Wangila, Agricultural Teacher

"There was a scarcity of fresh vegetables in the vicinity before the project was initiated by COME UNITY. Apart from access to fresh green vegetables in the school, we are able to sell excess produce and raise some income in the school. The experience of greenhouse farming has also sharpened my farming skills!"

Nathan Wangila, Agricultural Teacher

"There was a scarcity of fresh vegetables in the vicinity before the project was initiated by COME UNITY. Apart from access to fresh green vegetables in the school, we are able to sell excess produce and raise some income in the school. The experience of greenhouse farming has also sharpened my farming skills!"

Nathan Wangila, Agricultural Teacher

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