KIHO director Kateri Daniel Genes and the three EU Aid Volunteers went for a two-day trip to Moshi and Arusha to learn more about agricultural and income-generating initiatives. On Monday we visited a woman, Mama Anna Shoo just outside of Moshi, a place called Maili sita. Mama Anna is involved in mushroom production, solar-drying of vegetables, fruits and mushrooms as well as in wine production made out of rosella (hibiscus). Since ten years Mama Anna is engaged in the women initiative called “Shiri Tumaini Group”.
There is another project proposal that KIHO has submitted to the U.S. embassy last Friday. We asked for the support of a beekeeping group called Umoja wa Wafugaji Nyuki Vumari (UWAVU or “Union of the Beekeepers in Vumari”). Since 2010, UWAVU practices beekeeping in Ruvu, an area of high-tension along the Pangani river basin, an ideal place for beekeeping. In the meantime, also the Maasai community has become interested in this activity and want to join UWAVU. Consequently, they need some external support. Therefore, KIHO wrote a proposal in English for them, based on several discussions and meetings with UWAVU and the new Maasai members. They hope to receive 60 “modern” beehives, equipment and harvesting tools.
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