Urban Livelihoods and Social Protection

K-MET is implementing the Urban Livelihoods and Social Protection (UL&SP) Program in partnership with Concern Worldwide-Nyanza Regional Office who provide the funds and technical support. The project targets 500 vulnerable household in Obunga and Nyalenda informal settlements by 30% to enable them meet their basic food and non-food needs.

OBJECTIVES

  • To ensure 60% of the identified vulnerable households in Obunga and Nyalenda informal settlements have increased returns on asset through micro-enterprise and value addition activities by 2015.
  • To ensure 500 urban poor households in Obunga and Nyalenda informal settlements have increased capacity to participate and interact with markets by 2015.
  • To ensure 500 urban poor households in Obunga and Nyalenda informal settlements have improved access to basic services by 2015.

IMPLEMENTATION

To achieve these objectives, the project will use three approaches namely:

  • Community Conversations,
  • Development and establishment of alternative livelihood options (Micro enterprise Development and Value Addition)
  • Advocacy    
  • The program works closely with the local community, local leadership, Community Motivators (CMs), local and international Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and line Government Departments (e.g. Health, Social Services, Youth Affairs, Education, Agriculture, Livestock Development, Fisheries Development, etc.). The program’s implementation strategy is aligned with the District Development Plan of Kisumu East District for the purpose of ensuring that the program’s development agenda fits well with the District Development Strategy for local ownership, greater impact and sustainability.
  • The program operates on the premise that, for a community to experience accelerated development that is of great impact and sustainability, the community itself must first pass through the process of Participatory Integrated Community Development.
  • In this regard, KMET has facilitated the Obunga and Nyalenda community to undertake community conversations sessions. This provides an avenue for the community to acquire a deeper understanding of their environment, gaps in development and even come up with a way forward as they mobilize resources to fill those gaps
  • Program beneficiaries are identified and recruited in a participatory manner.

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • The program has trained 272 urban poor on micro-enterprise and currently planning to disburse soft loans to 272 beneficiaries development and enrolled 201 youths for vocational training in hairdressing, tailoring, catering, electrical installations, motor vehicle mechanics, computer applications, boiler operations and driving.
  • The program conducted a baseline assessment in Obunga Informal Settlement in April, 2012 to assess the livelihoods situation
  • The program, through Community Capacity Enhancement has facilitated the community in Obunga Informal Settlement to form 2 youth groups and CBOs for community economic empowerment .
  • The program, through community conversations has facilitated men having sex with men (MSM) in Obunga informal settlement to come out of stigma and they are now able to admit to their sexual orientation.
  • Through vocational training, the program has been able to reach youths engaging in commercial sex work at Kondele.
  • KMET in partnership with Concern Worldwide distributed start up kits to 29 youths who had completed vocational training.