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Thursday, May 20, 2010

One Step at a Time: GVI’s Achievements in Mahandakini

Continuing the summary of GVI’s achievements in the Taveta region on the border of Tsavo West National Park, this post will summarizes the achievements of GVI volunteers in Mahandakini village. The people of Mahandakini are endeavoring to substitute poaching with revenues generated from handicraft industries. These industries are proving to be very successful and the community group of ex-poachers in Mahandakini have already received a number of payments from tourist lodges from sales of their jewellery, cotton products and hand woven bags.

-- James and Sara Demonstrate Soldering of Wire Products--

Over the past four years volunteers in Mahandakini have:
• Taught community to make recycled paper from elephant dung which is now used to make labels for their products.
• Delivered lessons on making and packaging ten jewellery products including necklaces, bracelets and anklets.
• Taught the community how to use natural dyes and make cotton products including skirts, cushion cover sets and napkin sets.
• All of the products from Mahandakini are being sold in tourist lodges and the community is generating high revenues from the sales of these products.
• Delivered lessons on making wire crafts including napkin ring holders, light catchers and boxes for packaging.
• Delivered accounting lessons to the community to ensure they financially manage their handicraft industries.
--Jewellery from Mahandakini on Sale in a Tourist Resort in Kenya--

--Monia and Villagers from Mahandakini Admire the Handicrafts--

The people of Mahandakini are also aiming to construct a handicraft workshop and a community run grain store in their village to assist with promoting food security in the Taveta region. The grain store will give the people of Mahandakini a place to store, buy or sell their grain at better prices than the standard market price and will mean they do not have to pay high transportation costs to sell or obtain grain. The benefits this project could bring to the community are significant and the only thing standing in the way of the construction of the grain store is funding. GVI will aim to construct this project through the construction and sustainable development program, however, additional funding will still be required in order to complete the project and ensure its success – if you would like to support this project or other similar projects please visit http://www.justgiving.com/GVItsavowest.