Located in a drought area of the remote Rift Valley in Laikipia County, Osuguroi self-help group is our new project and partner since 2015.
This group has the unique particularity of involving both gender in the project: it is a 38 Maasai member group among which 4 men.
Osuguroi Self Help Group
Osuguroi – which means “aloe” in Maasai – was name after the 4-acre aloe farm they started together 1 year ago. Since then, they have been planting and exporting fresh aloe leaves every month to our partner Lush Cosmetics. But their ambition goes far beyond ! Following Twala group model, they want to create their own sustainable system to generate food security, a new source of income and foster empowerment. After saving money during one year, the group has finally managed to buy their own 9 acres’ piece of land to start the project.
What have they done so far?
The group is already planting and exporting aloe fresh leaves to Lush Cosmetic
s every month. Along with LPC, they designed the farm and started to implement cash crops, food forest, vegetable garden.The group has also been trained to water harvesting & soil fertility. 4 members followed the PDC Courses, and 1 member has been trained to cob-building. Already 4 traditional manyattas were built out of 8
.They have include facilities such as a kitchen, toilets, shower and a water tank.The group also started a small garden, controlling soil erosion by digging swales and implemented 2 natural bee-hives.
What are the main issues?
> Human-wildlife conflict:
Escaping from the Conservancy Park at the edge of the farm, the group is struggling with wild animals destroying their work. Elephants – with their massive body structure and incredible sense of smell – are destroying their fences and all the crops, stealing fruits and vegetables from the garden.
> Water stress : Osuguroi group is located in a drought area with no source of water nearby, which challenges the irrigaton of crops.
What are the next steps?
> Step 1:
Installing a solar fence all around the land to prevent elephants from destroying the farm.
> Step 2: Starting implementing the farm design.
> Step 3 : Training the whole group on processing aloe into soap products – in order to generate a new source of income.