Coffee is Kenya’s fourth leading foreign exchange earner after tourism, tea and horticulture. Coffee farming has been a major economic activity in Kenya, dating way back to the pre-colonial period with the main species being Arabica and Robusta.
The Kenyan brand is known for its flavor and pleasant aroma. It is estimated that in Kenya 160,000 hectares are under coffee, 75.5 per cent of which is in the co-operative sub-sector and 24.5 per cent in the estates.
Besides coffee being a major export in the country, in the past Kenya has exported raw coffee that is processed overseas, this is the main reason as to why its export hasn’t fetched as much revenue.
Dedan Kimathi University of Technology comes in handy in large scale commercialization of coffee all the way down to its processing.
The Dedan Kimathi University Premium Coffee is the first Kenyan coffee brand that is locally processed.
Kenyans are now able to enjoy its home grown and processed coffee creating and expanding the scope of employment hence uplifting the livelihoods of our farmers.
This is a milestone towards economic empowerment of our women and a major contribution to the Ubrica Live Mothers, Live Babies campaign.
If you worked on coffee when growing up, we would be delighted to know your experience. Please use the form below to share the good, the bad, and the ugly of the coffee as you experienced it growing up.
It’s the things we do today, and every day, that enable the breakthrough discoveries of the future.
We have argued that global health is a comprehensive entity that resembles a human body. Just as optimal function of the human body relies on optimal operation of all its organs, optimal function of global health must rely on health of every of every individual. This means that the work of producing global health is the work on producing health in every individual in the world. Depiction of global health as health matters traversing national boundaries denies us the means to comprehend global health. We can know global health by knowing how to produce health in every individual in the world.
Human beings are only capable of knowing something by its physical appearance. For example, we know a person by his or her physical body, even though the person is not the body. The name of a person is a metaphysical representation of the body that the person inhabits. To date, global health is a metaphysical concept that has no physical form. In the absence of a physical body we do not know what the metaphysical concept of global health represents.
A retail clinical center is the physical body that the metaphysical concept of global health represents. Just as a human body has many organs to function correctly, a retail clinical center has multiple components including medical clinic, a retail store and a series of workshops for adding value to local goods and services. The workshops and retail store drive the local economy, creating sustainable wealthy people.
As the body of global health, the retail clinical center an efferent or sensory function that senses the changes in the environment, and efferent or motor function that responds to the changes in the environment. The sensory and motor functions work together through community workers armed with smart applications loaded on a mobile device. The community workers with smart devices form a reflex arc that helps the body of global health to detect and respond to the changes in social, health, economic and environmental conditions.
To produce health of every individual in the world, and therefore global, we have to build retail clinical centers in every village. Production of health of an individual relies on production of health of animals and the environment (One-Health). We argue that is impossible to achieve One-Health among the poor people, because people without money have little choice about the environment where they live, or about how they interact with animals. Economic development is the 4th element that ties the three elements of One Health together to create sustainable One Health Communities (SOHCs).
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Promoting Economic Empowerment of Women in Africa in the Live Mothers Live Babies Campaign for Global Health
Members of New England Chapter of Co-operative Society of Ubricans hosted a successful show of products of Kenya at the African Festival, held in Lowell, Massachusetts, Saturday June 17, 2017.
Beatrice Mwarangu and Damaris Githua, the leaders of New England Chapter of Ubricans facilitated organization of a highly successful exhibition of textiles and accessories created by women in Kenya. On display among were textiles by Blessed Queens of Ubrica from Banana Hill, Kiambu County, led by Jane Nyambura Kimani (wa Jeremy).
Promotion of products created by women of Kenya is part of global health Live Mothers Live Babies Campaign created to raise awareness of deleterious health outcomes of women and children in Africa. Poverty is the greatest cause of disease, disability and death of women and children in Africa. We know that a woman in Africa becomes poor when she is unable to exchange her goods or services for currency. When a woman cannot find market for her products, services or farm produce, she ends up being poor.
Nearly 95% of people living in Kenya are unable to find market for more than 80% of their farm produce or products. The only available market comes in form of organized cartels who buy the farm produce and other products at a throwaway price. Even at this throwaway price, cartels are only able to purchase less than 20% of all the produce. The rest goes to waste. Perishable produce such as fruits, vegetable, flowers, animal products rot away in the villages of Kenya. This extreme waste of produce of the land, kills all possibility of generating wealth for the local people, and multiplies, by several orders of magnitude, the rotting capital in the country.
Without anywhere to sell a woman producer slides into extreme poverty. When sick, she is afraid to seek medical service until the disease advances, and becomes incapacitating. She is forced by worsening disease to seek medical care and arrives at a medical facility without adequate money to pay for medical service. Her money does not cover for the medical service offered by the provider at the medical facility. The provider reduces the quality and quantity of service offering to match the little money available from the patient. The problem is that the provider of medical service receives hundreds of patients with advanced disease, but with little or no money. In most cases, the patient cannot pay anything at all.
This severe lack of money to pay the providers in Kenya has led to a severe decline in the quality of medical service. Many owners of health facilities have to cut-corners just to make ends meet. Cutting corners by a medical provider means cutting a critical service, increased risk of worsening of disease, medical errors, or introduction of new diseases. Distressed medical providers in Kenya offer the lowest quality of care experienced in the world. Low quality medical service is a serious health hazard, which by itself results in death of health consumers in many instances. Health providers are seriously concerned by this problem. Without access to money however, and surrounded by masses of people with advanced disease, they are between a rock and a hard place. This is the quandary of health service.
Logical reasoning indicates that the fundamental solution to health production problem in Kenya or elsewhere lies in a system that improves the economy of each individual. In line with this logic, Ubricans have created a system to help people in 7,250 villages of Kenya to find market for their produce, services and products.
In order to help a person, he or she must first join and become a member of the Co-operative Society of Ubricans (CSU). Once joined, our community workers help the member to send to market whatever he or she is producing.
Our co-operative society is responsible for finding market for the produce, products or services. It is the job of the members of the marketing team at the co-operative to contact buyers in Kenya and internationally to secure orders of the produce. When we strike a sale, we divide the proceeds of produce/product sale into three fractions.
One fraction goes back to our member, in form of profit. Second fraction goes back to our co-operative to meet operations and administration needs. The third fraction sits in a health fund. A member seeking care at a health facility is fully covered. The owners of health facility are happy because they are assured of payment of the quantity and quality of their service offering.
Communicate Your Project Ideas to the People of Kenya
- Do you live abroad?
- Are you a Kenyan in the diaspora?
- Do you have ideas about how we can grow the economy of Kenya?
- Are you planning to implement your ideas in Kenya?
- Do you have projects already on the ground in Kenya?
- Would you like to share your ideas or project on TV or Radio?
UBRICA has joined hands with leading TV and Radio organizations in Kenya to help you share your knowledge and interests with the people of Kenya.
To share your knowledge, ideas, and projects please call or write to:
Ubrica on TV and Radio
Email: uwc@ ubrica.com
Kenyan soapstone, known as ‘kisii,’ is found in the country’s fertile western Tabaka hills, one of the most densely populated areas in Kenya. Here, income from kisii soapstone carving helps ensure that families have shelter over their heads and hope for the future.
Traditionally, entire families are involved in the process. Men do the carving, using a large knife to form the rough shapes and a smaller knife for the intricate details. Once the sculptures have been sanded smooth, the women take over, washing, drying and waxing the pieces to create a lustrous finish.
In Kenya, the creation of kisii stonework enables families to earn an income, build permanent homes, improve plots of land and send their children to school. Soapstone carving is the primary source of income for some 15,000 families residing in the Tabaka hills.
Kisii has one of the highest incidence of death of women of childbearing age, in the world. The lifetime risk of maternal death for women is Sub-Saharan Africa 1 in 39. In the United States, it is 1 in 2,400. In Sweden it is 1 in 14,100.
In Kenya, however, the maternal mortality rate is 488 per 100,000 live births. In Kisii county the maternal mortality rate is even higher at 500 per 100,000 live births. This is indeed above the national average. Economic deprivation, or poverty among women is the leading contributor to maternal death in Kisii.
Poverty leads to delayed access to transport, lack of money for user fees. Other challenges related to lack money include distances from a hospital distance. Hospital experiences included; delay in service provision by staff, delayed quality emergency obstetric care and delayed care while at the hospital, unavailability of blood for transfusion, and lack of money for drugs, were reported as major challenges which attributed to maternal death.
The goal of Ubrica Live Mothers Live Babies Campaign is to connect families living and working in Tabaka hills to find market for products of Kisii stone. This will help improve economic conditions of Kisii families, and ultimately reduce the incidence of death of mothers.
Osoro, A. A., Ng’ang’a, Z., Mutugi, M., Wanzala, P. (2014) Maternal Mortality among Women Seeking Health Care Services in Kisii Level 5 Hospital. Retrieved from https://www.tenthousandvillages.ca/kisii