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Women are indeed pillars for economic growth and extreme poverty affects women and children more. SDFA-Kenya provides solar lamps to communities and trains them to set up income generating projects using money saved for not using kerosene as seed capital.
For many parents in Pastoralist communities such as Samburu and Turkana, education can not be a priority. The need of education arises only after the basic needs of survival are fulfilled. In doing so children are required to work during the day in the field to help their parents for earning livelihood, obviously at the cost of their education. The shepherd classes which takes place in the evening, have given children who herd during the day a chance to become literate.
Idle youth, often with informal education, are a source of crime and other ills in the society. We are setting up youth resource centers where such youth are trained on solar technology, other renewable energies, and other skills such as art, fashion, metal work among others, which they can use to set up small businesses to earn a decent living.