Ksh. 15 million to support businesswomen and education in Isiolo

Community conservancies in Isiolo County received Ksh. 15 million (USD 150,000) last week from the NRT Conservancy Livelihoods Fund (CLF). The communities, through their boards and management team, have earmarked the funds for education bursaries and microfinance for businesswomen. The cheques were handed over in an event that was attended by seven Members of County Assembly  and the County Assembly Speaker, Hussein Halakhe.

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Sophie Harrison
Rescued Elephant Calves Begin Their Journey Back to the Wild

Three rescued elephant calves have been successfully translocated from the rehabilitation centre where they were raised, to a holding facility in Sera Community Conservancy, Samburu County, in the first milestone of their journey back to the wild. The successful move was a partnership between NRT, the Kenya Wildlife Service, Sera Community Conservancy, Reteti Elephant Sanctuary and others.

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Sophie Harrison
Conservancies Lead Peace Efforts in Conflict Hotspot 

The failure of the seasonal rains has heightened tensions in the traditional grazing area of Kom, on the border of Sera and Biliqo Bulesa conservancies. Hundreds of livestock herders - some of whom are armed - are gathering to salvage what little pasture there is left. To prevent potentially fatal clashes, Biliqo Bulesa and Sera conservancies partnered with NRT peace team and the Ministry of Interior and Coordination to hold a peace meeting at Kom on Friday 19 April, 2019, to call for coexistence and provide a forum for dialogue.

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Sophie Harrison
Conservancy-Driven Financial Services Are Changing Lives

The Northern Rangelands Savings and Credit Cooperative, which provides relevant financial training and an accessible savings and loans scheme to community conservancy members, held its annual delegates meeting in early April, attended by representatives from 17 community conservancies across Isiolo, Marsabit, Samburu, Tana River and Laikipia counties. Since the SACCO began in 2016, Ksh. 7.2 million (US$ 72,000) has been invested as shares and accrued as savings. In 2018 alone, this figure was Ksh. 4.9 million (US$ 49,000) - with Ksh. 3.8 million (US$ 38,000) of that being savings accumulated by members to support their families and businesses.  

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Sophie Harrison
Celebrating Community-Led Conservation in Washington, DC

On April 3rd 2019, NRT was represented on a global stage at an event that celebrated the positive impact of community conservation. Hosted in partnership with National Geographic, The Nature Conservancy, USAID, and the Wyss Foundation, the event also featured a preview of a series of short films made about NRT communities, and a panel discussion.

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Sophie Harrison
#10Morans: A Farmer's Fortunes

Meet Said Hiyesa, farmer and entrepreneur from Lower Tana Delta Conservancy. When his unreliable crop yields started to affect his family, Said mobilised a self-help group of 33 farmers to apply for business loans through their conservancy. Find out how this has changed his fortunes, and those of his fellow farmers.

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Sophie Harrison
#10Morans: Ten Stories from Ten Remarkable Young Warriors

Last year, we brought you #10women - ten stories from ten inspirational women in the conservancies. This year, we bring you #10morans - ten stories from ten young warriors in community conservancies who have moved away from conflict and started new businesses, become peace ambassadors conservation champions. These young men, statistically the most likely to be involved in frontline conflict and the least engaged in conservancy activities, are now influencing positive change among their peers and in their communities. Meet our first moran, Mbau.

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Sophie Harrison
Pioneering Pastoralists: A Westgate Feeding Trial

These pioneering morans in Westgate Conservancy have partnered with NRT, The Nature Conservancy and Grevy’s Zebra Trust to trial a supplementary feeding experiment with some of their bulls. For these morans, supplementary feeding is a new concept. The question they had: How much weight might my bull put on if I fed him pellets in the evening on top of grazing? And would the value of this weight gain justify the cost of pellets? 

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Sophie Harrison
Peace, Giraffes & Unity - The Story of Ruko

Ruko Community Conservancy was formed over 10 years ago, bringing together two formerly-warring communities. Now, they are working together to conserve the Rothschild giraffe - their vision is to repopulate this area of Baringo County that once held significant numbers of this endangered species.

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Sophie Harrison