Laura Musimbi, Bamboo Trees for Soil Erosion, Soil Toxicity Mitigation and Industry
Just north of the Equator in Western Kenya lies Kakamega, the country’s third largest city and a port that sits on the eastern shores of Lake Victoria. Here works Laura Musimbi on her Bamboo Trees for Soil Erosion, Soil Toxicity Mitigation and Industry project.
In the 1990s it is believed that bamboo prevented part of the Isiukhu River from being washed away, thanks to its deep and massive root system. The aim of this project is to firm up the banks along the river to mitigate climate change and soil erosion and to give participating households the power to establish businesses with bamboo products. Laura and her team will establish a bamboo nursery where not only will the seedlings be nurtured to maturity but where capacity building and training will take place to educate the community about the multi use benefits of bamboo. In addition, Laura will go to local schools to talk about how planting trees prevents soil erosion, provides firewood, food and fertility.
A $1,000 seed grant will give Laura the means to purchase gardening equipment, organic manure and to bring a professional expert to assist in training members on best practices.
Laura states, “One cannot single-handedly conserve a microcosm of biosphere without building peace in mankind.”
EAST AFRICA HUB GRANT 2015