Alternative livelihoods for Ex Poachers, Kenya
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Help ex poachers move into alternative livelihoods and break the socio-economic cycle of dependence on wildlife poaching which can lead to arrest or even cost them their lives.
Following Kenya’s independence the challenging conditions in the semi-arid Tsavo region saw many local communities turn to poaching. The illegal trade of wildlife poaching, to both supply the bush-meat trade and on occasion the ivory trade, has become a common means of earning the necessary income to feed families and send children to school amongst communities with little development or employment opportunities.
Working with local community members we are providing training and equipment for alternative livelihoods including eco-tourism, bee-keeping, soap making, jewellery production, and manufacturing recycled paper from elephant dung!
Sustainable alternative livelihoods will provide ongoing safe and legal work for families in Kenya for generations to come. Villagers will no longer need to take serious risks to provide for their families conservation will be enhanced.