Coast Women in Development (CWID) is a national Non- Governmental Organization with its head office in Mombasa .The Tuinuane goat rearing Project was started by Coast Women in Development for the women at the grassroots level. The project started with a micro-credit program where women groups are given soft loans individually. The loans have improved the livelihoods of the participating women in Kilifi County. The women group members are able to provide for their families, pay school fees for their children and boost their small businesses through the soft loan.
CWID has started a meat-goat rearing project with women group of Vitengeni area, Kilifi County and now extended to Kadinga, Seme Subcounty, Kisumu and Gem, Yalla Sub County, Siaya County. The project has also created an opportunity for the women participating in Kilifi, Kisumu and Siaya become leaders and economically uplifted. The Women groups are brought together by the church and are Goat keepers and farmers. Tuinuane Goat rearing project only targets meat production through rearing Gala Goats specifically. Coast Women in Development (CWID) is a national Non- Governmental Organization with its head office in Mombasa. CWID implemented the successful tuinuane galla goat keeping project in Kilifi County that targeted the most vulnerable women in the community. The project identifies challenged women especially widows including those living positive from HIV/AIDS and enhances their skills and knowledge in SMEs and goat rearing and more so to provide them with revolving fund of US $100 to be paid back by instalment within 3 months with 10% interest and then provide them with 5 goats each and a buck to serve 15 goats each. The responsibility of taking care of the buck will be shared amongst group members. The model has since been adopted by the county government of Kilifi and adopted across the country.
On this rationale of this, CWID in partnership with the County Government of Siaya and Kisumu working with Mayieka Women Group from Kisumu and Ndara Kohato Apostolic Church in East Gem conducted a two-day orientation on galla goat keeping targeting 15 members of Mayieka Parish Women Group and 15 Muhanda Silver Women Group members drown from Muhanda Village through Ndara Kohato Apostolic Church in Muhanda.
Training content focused on Introduction to goat keeping, about the Galla goat traits and its advantages, Housing, feeds and feeding, Health and disease management, Basic routine management practices, breeding management, record keeping, markets and marketing and group dynamics.
Training methodologies used include presentations, open discussions, frequent recaps and questions and answers. Small gifts were awarded to participants with correct answers to guarantee active participation by all and certificates of participation awarded to all the traineesin the end of two day training.
Appreciation – CWID appreciates the good will of the Kilifi, Siaya and Kisumu County Governments- Department of Agriculture , Vetineray and Livestock, and all participants from Ganze, Seme, Gem Sub Counties who agreed to participate in the training; further be one of the implementers of the Tuiniane project.
We are also very grateful to the well-wisher from Wyndham International and Australia who single handedly supported the financial part of the whole process, we cannot forget the good will of Wyndham International and their efforts in linking us with the well-wisher and ensuring the success of the process.
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