As part of our observation of World Food Day, for the next seven days, October 10-16, Nuru International is proud to partner with the Sevenly to raise funds and awareness for Nuru’s agricultural program in Kuria, Kenya. For every tee shirt sold, Sevenly will donate $7 to provide education and maize seed to farmers in extreme poverty. Sevenly’s mission is to raise funds and awareness for the world’s greatest causes, and at Nuru we are excited to be featured for their campaign this week as we approach World Food Day on October 16th.
Nuru’s agricultural program is a linchpin for our holistic model. We based this model on an incredibly successful model that we witnessed from one of our partner organizations, One Acre Fund. At Nuru, we pursue a holistic approach to international development that capitalizes on synergies developed by simultaneously attacking multiple issues that lead to systemic extreme poverty. For example, most families in remote, rural areas farm their own land. We train farmers to increase their harvest using the best agricultural means available. An increased harvest means they will have enough food to feed their families and surplus to sell; with the money earned, families are then able to save for the future and afford healthcare interventions for their family, education for their children, and necessities for their home, like a latrine.
This year, millions of families in East Africa are suffering because of a horrible drought, but amid the drought, we at Nuru are thankful to see that farmers who have participated in our agriculture programs still have enough food to feed their families, pay back their loan of inputs, and generate revenue from the sale of surplus maize. In a recent blog post, Nuru’s CEO and agricultural program manager, Jake Harriman, gave further detail about what these interventions mean for farmers in Kenya. Since Nuru’s inception, our agricultural program has enrolled over 2000 families in our program as well as loaned and sold over 40 tons of maize seed and 400 tons of fertilizer. Farmers have seen an increase in yield of 250% and Nuru boasts a 98% repayment rate on loans disbursed.
We are grateful to be able to partner with Sevenly in honor of World Food Day because we are passionate about people taking tangible steps to alleviate hunger as part of a greater vision to end extreme poverty in remote rural areas. Will you join us in our efforts to engage more people in this work? Here are a few suggestions from the World Food Day website. Join with us this week, and take a tangible step toward creating a world where people living extreme poverty have the choice to determine their future.