Nuru Kenya
Launched in the fall of 2008, Nuru works in 18 sub-locations in the Kuria West district impacting more than 30,000 lives.


Kuria West District Before Nuru

Before Nuru arrived, local farmers had very low maize (corn) yields resulting in a hunger season between harvests. There were very few clean water sources and waterborne disease was rampant. The health facilities were desperately lacking resources, and malaria, diarrhea and upper-respiratory tract infections plagued the local population. School drop out rates were high, especially for girls, and few parents could afford to send their children to secondary school. There was no bank in the community, no business training, and no access to capital for investment.


Kuria West District With Nuru

When Nuru arrived we met with local officials and village elders, listened to their needs and ideas for solutions. Next we hit the streets (or dirt roads) visiting farmers in their fields, mud-walled homes, and at water collection points to gather vital information needed to establish a baseline for our measurement and evaluation system. When we held our group formation meeting 450 farmers showed up to join Nuru (we had expected 150). These farmers were put into groups, trained in effective farming techniques, and provided a loan of maize seed and fertilizer. Nuru Groups planted, weeded, and harvested their crops together, and the average maize yield increased by 123%. Farmers repaid their loans, kept enough maize to feed their families, and sold the rest at a profit. Nuru trained the community in financial planning, taught life saving sanitation and healthcare techniques, and provided teacher training for area teachers.


2013 Overview

The number of Nuru farmers nearly doubled in Q1 to 5,518, up from 2,783 the season before. This increase reflects Nuru Kenya's expansion into 18 sublocations. Agriculture inputs loaned to these farmers for the 2013 long rains season amounted to Ksh 48,952,600 (approximately $585,000). CED's group savings program (Mwak) maintained its 100% repayment rate for the third quarter in a row, and Healthcare's Households Reached by Field Officer Tailored Interpersonal Communications maintained at 1,495. Education expanded the number of schools involved in its outreach program to 12, impacting 4,192 students (this number is being checked against Ministry of Education numbers). Finally, Leadership trained 43 Nuru Staff in Basic Nuru Leadership Training, M&E launched the database for tracking Agriculture and CED using Salesforce, and Nuru Social Enterprises continues to work towards financial sustainability.

We continue to near proof of concept (projected in 2016) and invite you join us in the fight to end extreme poverty in remote rural areas, in our lifetime. 

  • Project start date:

    September 25, 2008

  • Where does Nuru work now?

    Kuria West district

  • How many sub-locations does Nuru work in?

    18 sublocations

  • How many farmers are in Nuru's programs?

    5,518 farmers took loans for the 2013 long rains season

  • How much maize seed and fertilizer were distributed?

    686 metric tons

  • What is the savings group loan repayment rate?


  • How many children are impacted by Nuru's Education Outreach Program??


  • How many Households Reached by the Healthcare Program?



  • Agriculture
  • Community Economic Development
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Nuru Social Enterprises
  • Leadership
  • Monitoring & Evaluation

Nuru Kenya Staff

  • All
  • Kenya Staff
  • Field Staff
Pauline Wambeti

Pauline Wambeti

Country Director, Nuru Kenya

Pauline Wambeti has a diverse and extensive background in community development, having worked in various regions of Kenya. Prior to joining Nuru in September 2013, she worked at the United Nations Environment Programme (Regional Office for Africa), providing support on policy and project development, partnership building and resource mobilization. Previously, as a Program Officer at NOPE Kenya, Pauline was the team leader for the PEPFAR funded NPI-SHAP consortium in South Nyanza and later implemented the APHIA Plus western workplace interventions in Kisii and Migori Counties. Her earlier work experiences include a stint at K-Rep Bank as a Business Development Officer and later SME/Retail Officer; and Program Facilitator for Doctors of the World-Spain. Pauline’s training includes Social Work, Community Development and presently Public Health.


Abisae Ogolla

Programme Analyst

Since September 2012


Alex Martin

Team Leader

Since July, 2013


Amy Sherwood

Agriculture Program Specialist

Since June, 2012


Andrew Chacha Nyamohanga

Public Relations Manager

Since April 2010


Andrew Kerario Sinda

Agriculture Field Director

Since November, 2008


Athena Childs Fleisher

Healthcare Program Manager

Since: October 2013

Augustine Rogonga Ibrahim

Augustine Rogonga Ibrahim

M&E Program Manager

Since August 2011


Bennadette Mugita

Impact Program Manager

Since January 2014


Brian Viani

Leadership Program Specialist

Since June, 2013


Caroline Onyango

Consumer Products Manager, Social Enterprise

Since May 2013

Elias Nyaitange

Elias Nyaitange

Field Manager, Social Enterprise

Since November 2009


Florence Ojwang

Social Marketing Program Manager

Since January 2014


Francis Kizito

Deputy Country Director

Since April 2013


George Baridi

Education Program Manager

Since March 2013


George Nyamweya

Education Training Manager

Since June, 2011

Ghati Victoria Tissian

Ghati Victoria Tissian

Education Program Leader

Since January, 2010


Ibrahim Sifuna

CED Program Manager

Since January 2013

James Magaigwa Mang’o Chacha

James Magaigwa Chacha

Agriculture Assistant Field Director

Since December, 2008


James Magige

CED Field Director

Since April 2010


Jane Omanga

Leadership Program Manager

Since April 2013

Jimmy Leak

Jimmy Leak

Education Program Manager

Since June, 2012

John Weisiko

John Weisiko

Training Manager, Leadership

Since November 2009

Joseph Gikaro O’bwiru

Joseph Gikaro O’bwiru

Community Liaison Officer

Since November 2009


Kristin Lindell

M&E Program Specialist

Since February 2013


Mwita Babere

Human Resources Manager

Since August 2011


Paul Mogosi

Training Manager, Leadership

Since February 2010


Rana El Hattab

Social Enterprises Business Consultant

Since August, 2013


Teddy Nyanapah

Agribusiness Manager

Since May 2013


Tinyi Johnson

Education Program Leader

Since June 2013

Tom Juma Nyongesa

Tom Juma Nyongesa

Agriculture Program Manager

Since May 2012


Tom Kosgei Kibet

Business Development Analyst 

Since September 2012