Influence of poverty alleviation programmes on community livelihood: a case of caritas international program in Nyeri county, Kenya
Poverty alleviation, poverty eradication and improving family livelihoods are topical issues the world over nowadays; however, achieving poverty reduction which in turn improves family livelihoods remains a substantial challenge to most countries. Despite all the technological advances of the century, and a gradual increase in the average level of current indices of well-being, poverty has remained an extremely serious problem. It is growing in many parts of the world, especially in developing countries such as Kenya. This study was to assess the influence of poverty alleviation programmes on community livelihood: - a case of caritas in Nyeri County, Kenya. The main objectives of the study was to: determine how livestock enhancement project influence community livelihood in Nyeri County; establish how horticultural production through drip kit irrigation influence community livelihood in Nyeri County; assess how establishment of commercial fruit farming influence community livelihood in Nyeri County; examine how introduction of savings and lending schemes for farmers influence community livelihood in Nyeri County ; and determine how capacity building to improve community resilience influence community livelihood in Nyeri County. The study employed descriptive survey design to gather information from a sample size of 124 beneficiaries of Caritas projects in Nyeri. The target population comprised of 624 household heads where Caritas has initiated community projects. The instrument used for data collection was self-administered questionnaires, which were validated and pre-tested before actual collection of data. Both quantitative and qualitative data were analyzed. The quantitative data was analyzed using descriptive statistics by employing Statistical Package for Social Scientists and presented using frequencies tables and percentages. Qualitative data was analyzed thematically. The study concludes that most of the participants in the projects were doing them on a small scale hence the income from the projects were limited. Advocacy initiatives and community mobilization was missing and this consequently affected the performance of programs implemented Caritas Nyeri. The study recommended the need to increase the magnitude of the projects. Also the need of market research for the projects products, having more capacity building programs in other aspect that affect poverty alleviation like HIV/AIDS. Saving and rending schemes should relax requirement for borrowing. Finally the need for the NGOs to involve all the stakeholders in the design of the poverty alleviation projects.