Updated Jan 16, 2018

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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

The expatriate staff of Kenya has transitioned the Nuru Kenya project to the local staff. They have in turn been working to develop elaborate strategic plans and roadmaps that will bring our vision to fruition – specifically the next milestone of regional scaling. Having achieved our target saturation rate in Kuria West sub-county early in 2015, Nuru Kenya is planning to scale-up our interventions into the neighboring Kuria East sub-county in January 2016. Certainly, the going will be tougher as we venture into a more remote and marginalized part of the country. The local staff is geared up for the inherent challenges that lie ahead. After almost seven years of working in Kuria West, the team understands the communities better and has proven competence in creating positive attributable impact through four key interventions. The immediate plans are to rollout an elaborate strategy that entails graduating the farmers out of extreme poverty and mobilizing them into co-operatives to ensure we sustain and scale the impact we have achieved through establishing and strengthening functional structural mechanisms.
80,000 beneficiaries in our Nuru Kenya and Nuru Ethiopia projects.
Our dedicated in-house Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) team monitors progress toward impact of all of Nuru programs and conducts poverty evaluations using the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI). The NI M&E team trains and equips a counterpart local M&E team to carry on these critical functions after international staff exit.

Registered in Kenya.

Focus Areas:

Agriculture, Cultivation & Tools, Livestock & Agriculture and 29 MoreSEE ALL

Agriculture, Cultivation & Tools, Livestock & Agriculture, Post Harvest, Processing & Production, Seeds & Stock, Soil Management, Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance, Economic Growth and Trade, Entrepreneurship, Microeconomics, Social & Micro Finance, Education, Basic Education, Curriculum, Literacy, Methods & Learning, Parent & Family Engagement, Teacher Development and Training, Testing & Assessment, Gender, Economic Empowerment, Gender Equity, Health, Infectious & Vector Diseases, Prevention & Vaccination, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Sanitation, Social and Behavior Change, Inclusion, Youth and Monitoring & EvaluationSEE LESS

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Kenya and Ethiopia

Kenya and EthiopiaSEE LESS

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Innovation Description

Nuru equips local leaders with tools and knowledge to lead their communities out of extreme poverty by co-creating interventions that address four key areas of need: Hunger Inability to Cope with Financial Shocks Preventable Disease and Death Lack of Access to Quality Education for Children Rather than give handouts, Nuru designs training-based solutions that promote self-reliance to enable local leaders to continue scaling impact long after Nuru International staff has exited the project.
How does your innovation work?
Agriculture-Nuru Kenya’s Agriculture Program provides the whole farmer package – a farm input loan (seed & fertilizer), technical training, extension services and group support structures. At harvest time, farmers finish repaying their loans and commercialize their surplus produce with the assistance of Nuru Kenya. Financial Inclusion -Nuru farmers learn money management skills through financial literacy training and one-on-one coaching. Joining a savings group provides the farmers with access to basic financial services, specifically access to savings accounts and micro-loans. Healthcare -Nuru households receive home visits from Nuru Kenya health-care field officers who provide tailored interpersonal communication for how to prevent and assess disease; referrals to Ministry of Health services as needed; and the opportunity to buy commodities such assoap, bed nets, and water purifiers. Education -Nuru Kenya Education runs an Outreach Program that offers weekly literacy sessions for primary school students at rural public primary schools. Throughout the year, it also conducts facilitator training, provide support through 1-on-1 teacher meetings, and develops curriculum. Our work is sustainable by design. OurLeadership Programfocuses on restoring agency in local leaders and on building the opportunity structure necessary to sustain and scale programs. To accomplish this, we’ve developed a process of co-creation that encourages critical thinking, feedback, and debate that equipslocal staffto fully operate all programs without dependency on any expat staff.For a complete overview of our leadership philosophy, methodology, process, curriculum, monitoring and evaluation, download theNuru Leadership Program Manual. Nuru Social Enterprises (NSE)existsto fund sustainable poverty eradication. NSE invests in local entrepreneurs and incubates a diverse portfolio of profitable businesses in the developing world. Profits from these businesses are distributed to shareholders and reinvested into the local community development organization. The Leadership Program, NSE, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), and the four impact programs work together to end extreme poverty in remote, rural areas.

Planned Goals and Milestones

Prove that the model works in various countries to include fragile states then export the model for indirect scaling.
The next major step is proving that the Nuru holistic model can work in a fragile state, the areas of the world that need help the most.
Funding Goal8,000,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted10,000,000


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