Kenya Hope for Tomorrow
Kenya, a country five times the size of Ohio, is located in Eastern Africa and is bordered by Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, and the Indian Ocean. Known for being one of the most successful agricultural regions in Africa, Kenya has allocated over 41 percent of their land for agricultural uses. This focus on agriculture has led to recent economic growth, that coupled with a stable democratic government, has lifted millions of Kenyan citizens from extreme poverty. However, despite this recent economic growth, many regions of the country still lack the resources needed to improve overall welfare.
Dynamic Welfare Index
In conjunction with a group supervised by Oxford University, doTERRA® is working to monitor and evaluate farmers who have partnered with doTERRA, as well as assessing doTERRA projects and overall welfare of the region. In Kwale County, an area on the southern coast of Kenya, more than seven out of ten people live below the poverty line. (GDP per person is around $1,450 annually with roughly 18 million people living on less than $1.25 per day.) The Oxford University group has worked throughout Kwale County, measuring economic development indicators over time. With this information, the doTERRA Co-Impact Sourcing® team can compare doTERRA partner farmers to the existing data to observe any differences from the rest of the county (see graphic on the right).
The unbearable living conditions in Kwale County brought fear to many people— especially women and young children. To obtain water, women traveled long distances through desolate areas, where they risked being assaulted or killed, and children could easily fall prey to crocodiles. The water gathered in these crocodileinfested rivers was often contaminated and salty from the ocean. To be safe for use, the water needed to be boiled and strained.
Living circumstances taken for granted in many other countries are now becoming realities for the Kenyan people. In addition to making clean water more accessible, doTERRA has helped bring other seemingly simple yet important projects to completion. This includes installing bathrooms with locking doors, and a community center that can be used for social events and farming education. doTERRA also held a Days for Girls training, using kits assembled by Wellness Advocates during the 2017 doTERRA convention. The first Days for Men was taught as well, focusing on educating young men about their maturing bodies and teaching them to respect women.
“We’re very excited about all the possibilities that will soon become realities in Kenya! We are literally creating an identity for the Kenyan people and giving them a hope for tomorrow that they never thought possible. This is how we break the cycle of poverty and raise nations through our Co-Impact Sourcing efforts.” —Emily Wright