Our mission is to build the capacity of the people of Lwala to advance their own comprehensive well-being.
The community of Lwala is rural and reliant on subsistence farming and small cash crops like sugar cane. Most villagers live on less than $1 of consumption per day. Because true well-being also involves economic stability, we have enacted programs to strengthen the local economy.
Through a partnership with Development in Gardening (DIG), we train local people in organic farming techniques in order to bring improved knowledge and practice to the community. A demonstration garden on the hospital grounds provides hands-on agricultural training to local farmers.
In 2009, Grace Ochieng’, a native of Lwala and sister to founders Milton and Fred, began a microenterprise project with women tailors in the Lwala community. This sewing cooperative, called the New Vision Women’s Sewing Cooperative, now employs 10 local women. The women make a line of cloth bags in partnership with Thistle Farms, a social enterprise which sells women’s bath and body products in the U.S. These bags are sold in Whole Foods stores across the U.S.
The Furaha Soap Making Cooperative makes and sells liquid soap that can be used for washing clothes and dishes as well as hand washing.
You can help us sustain our existing programs and roll out further initiatives by making a donation now.