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Self dependance

Organized by: Winfred Nyikuli

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Short Summary My name is Winfred Awinja Nyikuli. I am 32 Years old and a mum to two precious children. The push to start "Self - Dependence" Campaign was birthed by my desire to empower Kenyan women and more so those living along Lake Victoria to embrace the gainful utilization of the natural resource (The Lake) at their disposal. A very sustainable project is slowly taking root in this region and this is the concept of Caged Fish Farming. The kind of fish to be reared here is Tilapia as illustrated below Caged Fish Farming involves putting fingerlings into a cage, to protect them from predators, providing them with a controlled diet then monitoring and harvesting the stock once it is ready for consumption. The greatest advantage is that fish gets to live in their natural habitat. Lake Victoria’s fish stocks have plummeted due to over-fishing, invasive species, pollution, and changing climatic conditions, among other factors. Experts have indicated that cage aquaculture will revolutionize the fish industry in Kenya, improve fish stocks on the over-fished lake by reducing hunting pressure on free-swimming fish, and reduce fishy international quarrels. This fish farming technique will serve as a goldmine to women living close to the lake. Cage fish farming may very well be the next wave of hope for the lakeside community. What we need For a start, this project will require USD 3000 to enable the women float three cages. This will cater for the cost of launching the cages, controlled diet and salary to the care taker over a period of six months. if you invest the said USD 3,000 to set up 3 fish cages and start the farm with about 6,000 fingerlings, a harvest of about 90 per cent of the total number of fingerlings is expected and this translates to 5,400 fish. A fully grown Tilapia is sold at around USD 1.50 in the local market. Therefore, with a harvest of 5,400 fish, you are talking about a whooping USD 8,100 in six months. If the target is not reached, i intend to utilize my collections to float at least one cage that will serve as a pilot and even generate more revenue to help launch many more cages. It is better to take the risk and start than sitting back and forever rely on donor interventions. The Impact Many women on the Lakeside are widowed as a result of the widespread of HIV/AIDS and are thus left on their own to fend for their children who are eventually orphaned. With this initiative, the income generated will be enough to move women from dependence to self reliance. They will afford healthy meals, pay school fees for their children and live a decent life. This will reduce the number of women who go out to prostitute in order to take care of their families, reduce the number of street children and boost family cohesion. Risks and Challenges The greatest challenge is posed by the release of waste products, such as dead fish, uneaten feed, and feces. However, the Government of Kenya through the ministry of Fisheries is developing policies that will guide farmers on how best to manage cage culture on Lake Victoria Other Ways you can help Kindly fund this noble course and promote a woman to self dependence! Spread the word......Tell a friend to tell afriend Ahsante (Thank you)


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