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Resilient Recovery Project Empowers Vulnerable Mothers Through Urban Farming and Clean Energy Adoption

Earlier today, the Association of Women in Agriculture Kenya (AWAK) made strides in promoting food security and economic empowerment in Nairobi’s urban informal settlements. Taking place in Mathare’s Mashimoni ward, the Resilient Recovery project, funded by Croda, focused on empowering vulnerable mothers through urban farming and clean energy adoption, specifically through briquettes production.

Despite the challenges posed by limited land space in the urban slums, the project aims to build the capacity of vulnerable mothers and fathers, enabling them to utilize the vertical space available for urban farming. By doing so, AWAK ensures that these communities become food secure while also providing avenues for economic empowerment through the sale of surplus harvest.

The initiative not only addresses the immediate need for food security but also contributes to sustainable development by promoting clean energy adoption. By incorporating briquettes production into the project, AWAK encourages the use of cleaner energy sources, thereby mitigating environmental degradation and improving air quality in the urban areas.

Speaking at the event, AWAK’s representative emphasized the importance of such initiatives in empowering vulnerable communities, particularly mothers, who play a central role in household food security. She highlighted the positive impact of urban farming not only in providing nutritious food for families but also in generating income and fostering self-reliance.

Furthermore, the project aligns with broader efforts to address urban poverty and promote resilience in the face of economic challenges. By equipping vulnerable communities with the skills and resources needed to sustainably produce food and energy, AWAK contributes to building more resilient urban environments.

As the Resilient Recovery project continues to unfold, AWAK remains committed to supporting vulnerable communities in Nairobi’s urban informal settlements. Through innovative approaches like urban farming and clean energy adoption, the organization aims to uplift and empower individuals, ultimately paving the way for a brighter and more sustainable future for all.

AWAK’s initiative in Mathare underscores the importance of community-led interventions in addressing food insecurity and promoting economic empowerment in urban areas. With ongoing support and collaboration, such projects have the potential to transform the lives of vulnerable populations and create lasting positive change.

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