Our first round of the vertical garden project is coming to an end and now it is time to look at our success in the Miwani district.
In 2019 we realized through an assessment that numerous children living in our project region are suffering from malnutrition. They are HIV positive and because of the lack of nutrients, the meds they are taking were not as effective. In 2020 we started the first rounds of our vertical garden project and in 2021 we extended the project to the Miwani district.
Who was chosen?
In Miwani we were able to support 109 new households (251 in total) with vertical gardens.
These families were chosen after the premise of either the children or the caregiver being HIV positive. Additionally, the households chosen did have less than 50Ksh (+/- 40 Cents) per day to spend on food. In partnership with a nutritionist of the ministry of health and our social workers in the field we carefully chose those families.
The goal of the gardens
An expert from the Ministry of Agriculture informed caregivers through a training that well-tended and structured Vertical Sack gardens do not only complement the vitamin mineral requirements of people living with HIV, but can also provide them with the necessary antioxidants to boost their health and immune systems depending on which vegetables are grown. Next to this they can provide a source of additional income. And this was what we were aiming for.
In 90% of the households visited, most of the vertical sacks were well managed by the families. We were impressed that the families do not only meet the nutritional requirements of their children or other household members living with HIV, but that they are also able to save 50-100Ksh (40-80 Cents) per week. This enables the families to join our savings and loaning groups, which will give them an opportunity to get interest on their savings and make further investments in the future.
We thank everybody who made this project possible and are looking forward to the next round!