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Kenya:Sustainable Livelihoods Program

Locals in Makakya benefit from their own crops and loans they have used to change their lives. © Julianne Stewart/ABM, 2016.

Locals in Makakya benefit from their own crops and
loans they have used to change their lives.
© Julianne Stewart/ABM, 2016.

Community Development project


This is part of the Community Development Program: Learn more about ABM’s Programs here


The Sustainable Livelihoods Program has had a significant impact on reducing hunger and increasing the incomes of the local farming communities, many of whom are womanheaded households in regions of Kenya.

ABM Programs Director, Dr Julianne Stewart, visited the Makakya CBO in Machakos County in Kenya on a monitoring visit in 2016. She met many beneficiaries of the Program and heard their stories about how ABM and its partner, the Anglican Development Services Eastern are effecting wonderful change.

ABM supporters have made these stories, like Dorothy’s below, possible, enabling community members to lift themselves out of poverty and realise their goals. Please continue to give generously so lives can continue to be changed in some of the poorest communities in Kenya, demonstrating the love and care of God in a very tangible way.


 “I have a husband, six children and five grandchildren, so 13 of us in all. I live near the river where the sand dam was constructed in July 2015. I have used the water for livestock, domestic use, cooking and gardening. I grow melons and French beans.”

KE001IC needs $7,581 in 2017 (tax-deductible)

 Australian Aid logo    This project receives partial funding from the Australian Government.



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November 2017 – “I am so happy because I have been taught new things.. and it has transformed our life.” The Livelihoods project is providing many new opportunities for people like Rebecca in Kenya. Read more.

March 2017 – ABM Programs Director Dr Julianne Stewart recently visited our partner in Kenya, and spoke with a beneficiary of the Sustainable Livelihoods project. Read this story of significant change here.

September 2016 – What is a CBO? Some of you will be familiar with this acronym, but for others it will be new. CBOs, or Community-based Organisations, are what many of us belong to in our own communities. These might be service clubs, or even church groups that do community work. In the developing world, much of the work of development is done by CBOs. Read more.

August 2016 – ABM Programs Director, Dr Julianne Stewart, recently visited the Makakya region of Kenya on a monitoring visit. She met many beneficiaries of the Sustainable Livelihood Program and the Village Savings and Loans (VSL) Program, and heard their stories. Read more.


Of One Heart and Mind

This 10 minute video describes how the food security and integrated community development work being undertaken by the Anglican Church in Eastern Kenya is transforming lives in rural communities. The video links the Millennium Development Goals to real activities happening at the community level. 



Newsletter from Anglican Development Services Kenya

Read about climate change adaptation in ADS Kenya’s August 2015 Newsletter