Although now classified as a lower middle income country with steady economic growth, Kenya faces many challenges including poverty, inequality, climate change and vulnerability to shocks. Thirty-five percent of our population still live below the international poverty line on less than $1.90 per person, per day.
We want to see a Kenya full of life and joy, where families do more than simply survive. We want to see them really live. We want to see children go to school, people chase their dreams, and poverty a distant memory.
The challenges and opportunities for Ripple Effect Kenya
1. 80% of our population depends on agriculture
As agriculture employs such a large percentage of our population, contributing 25-30% of GDP the economy is highly vulnerable to climate variability. We are highly dependent on climate sensitive sectors including agriculture, water, energy, forestry and tourism.
Ripple Effect Kenya works with communities to regenerate and protect their natural environment as well as build resilience to climate change risks.
2. Over 19 million Kenyans (approximately 40% of the population) drink water from unimproved sources
Rivers are the most general supply of Kenya’s drinking water, but they are unreliable, both in quantity and quality. This is especially true in arid climates and during drought where incidences of water borne diseases are increased along with the financial burden of treatment.
Ripple Effect Kenya works to enable communities to access safe water through community initiatives that establish water user committees and protect springs.
3. 62% of the national wealth is controlled by less than 10,000 people
There remains a high level of poverty and exclusion despite a decline in our countries poverty rate, with a concentration of economic power among the rich. Poverty rates remain above 70% in remote, arid and sparsely populated north-eastern parts of the country. People are excluded from opportunities because of gender, disability or ethnicity. If not addressed, this inequality will result in over 2.9 million more people living in extreme poverty in the next 5 years.
The impact of Ripple Effect Kenya
98% of families are now food secure after our projects in Busia and Bungoma
80% of families now live above the poverty line after our projects in Busia and Bungoma
77% of women fully involved in decisions about crops to be grown: up from 23%
50% fewer people are using untreated water after our project in Kakrao Migori county
*Project reports compiled before June 2022 refer to our organisation’s previous name Send a Cow Kenya.
Where we are working
Building Thriving Communities | June 2021 - May 2023
Consolidating the gains made in our previous work: Improving Nutrition and Livelihoods for Mothers and Children in Western Kenya. This project will embed natural resource management, increase incomes through enterprise development, and build resilient community structures.
Improved Equine Welfare for Sustainable Livelihoods | April 2021 - March 2022
Improving the health and welfare of donkeys, which play a vital role in transportation, and building sustainable and equitable farm systems to provide enough nutritious food, and food security for families.
Enterprising Migori | September 2020 - August 2024
Consolidating and deepening the impact made by the Kakrao Sustainable Livelihoods Project, and expanding our reach to cover more vulnerable families in nearby West Kanyamkago.
Grass to Cash | May 2022 - April 2025
In partnership with Ripple Effect and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) farmers in Kakamega county are trialling the most appropriate grass species for the environment, learning about forage preservation and marketing their grass products.
Amaranth Value Chain | May 2022 - April 2024
Introducing new varieties of wholegrain amaranth from Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO) to farmer co-operatives in Migori. People living with HIV in particular will benefit from the nutritious grain, as well as improved incomes from sales of produce.
How our work supports Kenya’s sustainable development goals and national targets
Kenya’s Medium Term Plan 3, building towards Kenya Vision 2030 includes a focus on:
Ensuring 100% universal health coverage
Our key projects have a strong health focus, including through partnerships such as community based health Insurance.
Ensuring 100% food and nutrition security
We are prioritising poverty alleviation in western Kenya, while expanding into semi-arid areas where poverty rates can be as high as 70%. Our core work will grow and strengthen the capacity of Peer Farmer Trainers to build specialist knowledge in sustainable crop-livestock and vegetable farming systems.
- Our climate change strategies address the national climate response strategy. We undertake disaster risk reduction assessments for all projects and promote climate change adaptation technologies including early warning systems and use of indigenous knowledge.
- We encourage local enterprise development by promoting small farm enterprises, supporting savings and loaning groups, cluster level associations and cooperatives.
- Our projects ensure equal opportunities for all community members, particularly women, youth, people with disabilities and marginalised groups.
Talk to us
Titus SagalaCountry Director
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Alfred JumaProgramme & Partnership Support Manager
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