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The Mara Entrepreneurship and Market Development (MEMD)  


The project will work in three components to catalyse change in the community mind-set by facilitating community learning through three main interventions, namely:-


  1. Supporting women in trade;
  2. Supporting Mara livestock producers through improvement of livestock production and marketing;
  3. Targeting youth for entrepreneurial mind set development.


The proposed project communities are recognised as marginalised and resource poor, with low development indicators. Men are largely unaware of End Market prices and are therefore ‘price takers’ - at the mercy of well-organised middlemen from outside the community who set the sale price. The project communities are aware that ongoing land demarcation is likely to result in the sale and fencing of land, thus restricting their traditional livestock grazing patterns, access to pasture and threatening their main source of livelihood.


While other market opportunities are available, the local communities are largely unable to see or leverage these opportunities as they have limited experience of trade and/or entrepreneurship. Similarly, while through devolution government funding is available through the county governments; local communities are either largely unaware of these funds or unsure how to access them. It is likely that without effective interventions, the project communities will be further marginalised as they fail to gain from opportunities presented by development and expansion of local markets.


Kakuma Refugee Assistance Programme (KRAP)


The project will support PoC involved in agricultural activities to enhance agricultural production through introduction of new innovative approaches and methods. The project will also improve entrepreneurship and business skills through training and linking of new PoC businesses to mentoring by successful PoC business people. In order to achieve this, KRAP will:-


  1.  Work towards a shift to a business orientation for approaching livelihoods
  2.  Carry out activities designed to move PoC from a dependency to a self-reliance mindset.