A young woman stands holding the roots of plants in black plastic bags.

Tabith Sikana, Sisari Farmers Eco-Enterprise

Farmers in Kakamega, Kenya face a great conflict, the need to generate income for survival off the land while wanting to conserve the environment. This small town is home to the country’s last remaining tropical rainforest, where its vast biodiversity and indigenous plants are at risk of extinction due to the community’s need for space and survival. Tabith Sikana has received a flow fund to continue the Sisari Farmers Eco-Enterprise project, where fifteen youth farmers are being trained in establishing sustainable supplies of medicinal plants alongside forest management.

The project aims at empowering unemployed youth with the resources to be able to plant roots and trees that will serve medicinal purposes, which will help improve the health of the community along with generating income. The enterprise will enable farmers to share their knowledge and skills with the community, all the while preserving the biodiversity and health of the Kakamega forest and strengthening the local economy.

Tabith and the Kakamega community believe that more job opportunities are going to be created around tree planting and this project is giving the youth a head start on acquiring the necessary skills to have a prosperous and successful future.