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Enhancing Grassroots Women Economic and Social Empowerment in Kitui County, Kenya through Sustainable Aloe Farming, Processing, Utilization and Marketing

Enhancing Grassroots Women Economic and Social Empowerment in Kitui County, Kenya through Sustainable Aloe Farming, Processing, Utilization and Marketing

“Enhancing Grassroots Women’s Economic and Social Empowerment in Kitui County, Kenya, through Sustainable Aloe Farming” is led by a community-based non-government organization partnering with a local university and the Ministry of Agriculture. It provides rural income and facilitates the rehabilitation of wasteland by producing aloe-based skin care products for the local market.

The initiative empowers women in rural areas of Kenya economically by training them to farm and process aloe. The women are also taught how to manufacture value-added products from the aloe which can then be sold on local and national markets. All of the production processes, from aloe farming and harvesting to processing and packaging aloe products, take place at the community level. The initiative provides community-based organisations with training in aloe processing and ensures the marketing and sale of the resulting products on local and national markets. Great demand exists for medicinal and cosmetic products made from aloe. Research is currently underway into different species of aloe, to identify which species are most suitable for meeting the requirements of different target groups. 

  • Conduct “train the trainer” seminars, teaching 100 women how to farm, process and post-harvest aloe.
  • Create 200 direct and 600 indirect jobs in rural communities.
  • Identify new species of aloe to expand the market for specialised aloe products.
  • Establish a semi-automated factory for production, packaging and quality control of various aloe products.

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