In the rural areas of western Kenya, there are very many grandmother headed households. Mainly due to some parents leaving the children with their grandparents and move to urban areas to look for employment opportunities. Others could be due to death of parents or children born out of wedlock being left and mothers move to start other families. The elderly are normally unemployed and depend on farming to bring up the children. As a result, the children end up with shortage of basic facilities like school supplies or even food, health care and clothing.
The initiative aims at improving the livelihoods of the grandmothers by economically empowering them. This is through taking them through training on pig husbandry and later providing each of them with two female pigs. The pigs are easily reared as they do not require much special feeding; they are highly resistant to diseases and have two breeding seasons a year.
The project will help improve the economic status of the grandmothers as well as their purchasing power, and will therefore ensure the children access to basic needs hence able to attend school. It reduces illiteracy at the same time curbing poverty.