With the advent of Covid-19 and protocols that came with it; HomeNet Kenya together with its stakeholders did realize that the HBWs livelihoods initially derived from the craft items were drying up.
Through a robust consultative process, the HBWs purposed to utilize other opportunities around their homes hence, implementation of livelihoods around their homes with the support of HomeNet Kenya, HomeNet International and WIEGO through the Ford Foundation Social Justice Bond Grant.
The implementation did target: Kitchen gardens, Bee keeping, Tree nurseries, Mushroom farming and Chicken rearing.
The primary aim of the Livelihood Program is to actively combat poverty and inequality by fostering employment opportunities within households of home-based workers. The focus is on uplifting highly vulnerable households, propelling them toward sustainable livelihoods, and ultimately achieving economic stability. Our overarching goal is to enhance the well-being of home-based workers, addressing their fundamental needs such as food security, employment opportunities, business prospects, and access to healthcare. Beyond immediate problem-solving, this initiative empowers home-based workers to contribute meaningfully to environmental care and take a proactive stance against climate change. Through these concerted efforts, we aspire to create a positive impact on both individual lives and the broader ecological landscape.
The engagements that were initiated in early 2022 turned out successful and the HBWs have picked up the initiatives and currently replicate amongst their group members. Besides the implementation of the livelihood projects, HomeNet Kenya are currently working with its membership to set up a SACCO for building up savings towards investments and credit.