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Social Impact Institute Africa


Unlocking the agri-business potential of smallholder farmers in Kenya

$550 Raised out of $3,000
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What is the urgent social or environmental need you are addressing?

Kenyan smallholder farmers, particularly women and youth, who live adjacent to forests are the most vulnerable to poverty. They rely on subsistence farming, firewood and seed collection in forests as their key sources of income. They have no access to financial and non-financial business development services to help improve their livelihoods.


What is your solution to this need? Describe your business strategy

Social Impact Institute-Africa works with smallholder farmers living near forests. They offer an integrated business skills training that enables farmers to participate in the market and transform agriculture from a subsistence activity to a profitable enterprise, through climate smart agriculture, while promoting conservation.


Convince us it will work. What milestones have you achieved?

Since 2014, SII has worked with 25 Community Forest Associations (CFAs) to build their capacity to implement participatory Forest Management, focusing specifically on capacity building on how to establish forests based enterprises to improve livelihoods. To date, we have trained over 300 members

SII is in the process of signing a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Kenya Forest Service to work with the 325 Community Forest Associations (CFAs) under their ambit. Each CFA has an average of 4,000 members.


Wanjiru Gathira
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Vivian Orido
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About Wanjiru Gathira

Wanjiru is responsible for leading the development and execution of SII’s long term strategy with a view to creating value. Wanjiru holds a Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) degree from the United States International University, a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School (course work completed), and a Business Administration from Slippery Rock University. She has over 16 years progressive professional experience and has consulted in the social, economic and environmental sectors for clients such as the United Nations and consultancies in the public sector. Her passion to help youth and women create innovative approaches that enable them to acquire the necessary skills for becoming self reliant entrepreneurs, led to her appointment as the Chairperson of Uwezo Fund (a Ksh. 6 Billion block government fund set aside for women and youth) and the Chairperson of the Youth Committee of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry

About Vivian Orido

Vivian handles the accounting, finance and office administration functions of the company. She is also responsible for coordinating all training interventions and is a lead trainer in Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO) for the organization. Vivian holds a Masters in Political Science from the University of Nairobi, and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from Moi University

Why is your team uniquely qualified to run this venture?

The SII team has demonstrated competencies(human resources and skills) and experience in providing training and post training support as proven by the number of self reliant persons promoted by the organization in sustainable economic activities. We have a proven and active presence in our areas of operation with good knowledge of the local social-economic situation and activities, and rapport with the local communities