Origin: a Latin derivative
meaning "Gift of the Earth."
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.
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.
Now, the Co-Impact Sourcing initiative and the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® have helped put an end to these fears and simplified the task of obtaining clean water for the people of Kwale County. A newly built dam now provides irrigation water for crops and prevents saltwater from the ocean flowing into the river. In addition, the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation drilled fresh water wells in local communities.
The coast of Kenya is incredibly beautiful, which has led many wealthy officials in the city of Nairobi to buy large portions of land on the coast. However, as the country is still developing its property rights laws, people in this area fear their land could be taken at any time by wealthy officials. These native people who reside on the coast of Kenya are often called the “forgotten people”; many do not have official records with the government. While they have lived on their land for generations, they may not have official, legal ownership of their property.
To assist these farmers and to secure lasting partnerships in the area, doTERRA is in the process of helping Kenyan farmers acquire bank accounts, land, and recognition from the government. doTERRA has purchased large amounts of land, which is then subleased to farmers for a period of time. The farmer grows crops on the leased land as a training and savings exercise. doTERRA holds a portion of the farmer’s harvest payment each year on the farmer’s behalf; once the farmer has successfully grown aromatic crops on land doTERRA has leased to them for three to four years, they will have obtained enough money to purchase their own land.