Kenyan private schools often have high operation cost, one of the reasons being that they purchase food from the market. Schools have land and labor, however they lack capital, farming knowledge, and are often unwilling to take the risk of failure.
CIS collaborates with local agricultural institutions to provide modern horticulture training to schools, such as sack gardening, grafting, or even hydroponics. We explain and demonstrate to schools in how to use simple agricultural techniques to grow crop under small area, and which types of seeds are best suited in their regions.
CIS supports our partner schools from start to end, from giving them access to suitable equipment to helping them to systematically grow and eventually even able to sell the harvest after self-consumption. Our in-house training is tailored with school settings, and integrate different stakeholders such as students, parents and teachers. To date, Sack Gardening Project forms an important part of school’s disposable income, of students’ daily learning curriculum, and the bridge to connect neighboring communities.
- Pest management
- Record keeping
- Home-made organic fertilizer
CIS set its foot first in Homa Bay in 2017. We made it from building a connection through network, to going through a whole vetting and school assessment process. CIS first developed a sack gardening project for our partner school, WKA, in view of the empty backyard in school.
We began to scale-up our operation in Nairobi, after the successful pilot in Homa Bay in 2017. We made several adjustments after the evaluation of the pilot, including establishment of co-creation board, into generating a win-win solution.
We have sent experts from Sweden to Kenya to conduct co-creation workshop in July 2018. The aim is to generate a solution by combining local knowledge of school teachers/ parents and CIS’s professional consulting expertise. We expect more innovative and tailored proposals to be launched after the workshop.
In July 2018, Nakuru became the third city in Kenya where we set foot on. Our new partner school is completely new to farming yet has the will to sustain financially.
We have introduced a loyalty program to better connect schools’ revenue with CIS’s mission, and to provide incentives for both parties to improve our work.