IGLA (Income Generating Learning Activities)*
At each primary school site, an IGLA is formed. An IGLA is a micro-business that is started with the collaboration of teachers,
community members, school committee members, the head teacher and Joining Hearts and Hands. An IGLA board is elected including
two members from all of the above groups (male and females equally represented!). This board becomes the managing “corporation.”
Joining Hearts and Hands provides the start-up capital for each micro-business. The IGLA will generally employ a few people and
the profits go back into the school community. The IGLA board determines what school projects are funded. The key to IGLA is
SELF-SUSTAINABILITY. Upfront training is always required - in group dynamics, proposal writing, IGLA process and implementation
responsibilities, marketing, accounting skills, accountability report writing, and specific business/trade skills workshops in animal
husbandry, tailoring, horticulture, etc to maximize long term growth, sustainability and success for everyone.
To date, there are five IGLAS:
- Iranda has established a horticulture IGLA producing vegetables. Their first crop was tomatoes, kale and onions.
Their second planting was beans and maize. Profits have purchased school supplies for Iranda orphans. Various community members were trained in
business practices and proper farming techniques. (2007 - 2009)
- Lufumbo/Iranda has established a dairy goat project. This project involves 40 community members from these two primary schools. Two
goat breeding houses have been built, crops planted to feed the goats and all 40 members have been trained on business practices and
the skills of raising and breeding dairy goats. Each site has 6 goats that will produce milk that will be sold at market. At the same time,
goats will be bred to create additional breeding farms that will support more Kenyans and bring additional capital to the schools. This multi-
community group will provide for 12 families and has called itself SHIEBU. SHIEBU is a contraction of the names of the towns where
the participants live. In 2009 the project has launched its own 3rd breeding center with a 4th on the way. Membership has expanded to 70 community members (2007-2009).
- Mbaka Oromo has created a tailoring IGLA. Several community members were trained in business practices and the craft of tailoring.
Sewing machines and supplies have been purchased and the IGLA is located on school premises. Production of school uniforms has been
taking place since February, 2008.
- Katito (Hannah’s Hope) has established a diary-goat project. It is called Friends of Francis Assisi at Katito Parish FFAKAPA (2010).
- Kongasis Tailoring Project was established (2008)
- Homa Bay Poultry raising business (2011)