6 Years after Practical Action’s Intervention

September 13th, 2011

When we left for Kitale I knew I was going to meet my old acquaintances and friends and even probably share in their excitement since the last time I had met them. The road from Kisumu is remarkably improved. The distance seemed to have been reduced because they are done well. I was not disappointed. However, during the two-and-a-half hour drive, it was the good thoughts of the people I had spent time with in Kitale that were flowing through my mind and neither the landscape nor smooth roads. I knew we had started a good thing with this community and I was certain that they had flown with it.

I was certain that if this was true, Practical Action’s on-going project People’s Plans in to Practice (PPP) would definitely be scaling up good initiatives started by the organisation. I was anxious throughout the journey. What would I see in Kipsongo slum our first stop in Kitale the following day?

We met members of Akiriamriam group, a women’s group formed in 2001, still focussed on their core activities. Their activities revolve around initiating and sustaining income generating activities. In order to improve their shelter they were encouraged to start a savings scheme. The savings will be used to improve their shelter using cheaper but better building technologies that last longer introduced by Practical Action. The group was also supported to construct a water and sanitation facility and received training on building and construction and hygiene practices.

Equipped with the skills, they faced another hurdle – they couldn’t put their acquired skills into practice in the village due to the challenge of land tenure in Kipsongo. They were however linked with other players in the building industry to provide services as masons. This has since had positive impact in the people’s lives.


Akiriamriam Women Centre in Kipsongo

“When we started practicing what we had been taught, our lives changed for the better. It was an eye opener.” said Patricia a group member.

The transformation evident in the people’s lives is a sure sign that proper application of appropriate technology and skills is a good starting point to improve the well-being of the poor.

2 responses to “6 Years after Practical Action’s Intervention”


    Hi Fracis;
    I see you are doing great. Thumbs up for good work, i miss you guys.
    Best regards

  2. Steve Taylor Says:

    Great article – inspiring to see things going positively in Africa. I’m currently working with GUA Africa (http://www.gua-africa.org/sponsor-me/) and feel so lucky to be involved with this lovely country helping to make a difference.

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