70% of the AMPATH treatment area population in Kenya depends on agriculture, both for basic nutrition and for economic security. The Safety Net program helps Kenyan farmers learn the best, most efficient farming techniques, understand how to manage their resources, and understand how to commercialize their products. All of this leads to more successful farmers, who in turn have more resources to spend on healthcare and make their health a priority.
GROUP INTEGRATED SAVINGS AND HEALTH EMPOWERMENT
GISHE takes a collective approach to health and wealth, linking AMPATH clients and their neighbors into small savings and table-banking groups, while providing them with financial literacy, business skills, and health education training. Groups help their members focused on treatment, savings, and investing in their futures.
ENTERPRISE AND CO-OPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT
In farming, small business, and economic development, our focus is to build competitiveness among Kenyan entrepreneurs, within their own groups and beyond. Helping members increase the value of their products helps generate more income and more future income potential.
Due to the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS, many AMPATH patients have a hard time securing jobs or accessing credit for business loans. Imani Workshops were established in January 2005 to enable HIV+ women to generate income through producing fair trade crafts. Imani now employs over 100 women and men, including individuals with disabilities and other AMPATH patients. Imani’s fair trade, high-quality crafts are available worldwide through Global Gifts.