A toilet built for Lucia Peter, a member of one of Mifuko’s women’s groups, is shown here. Training in hygiene and soap-making
So far this year, 16 of the 26 Mifuko women’s groups have been trained in soap-making and hygiene in cooperation with local health officials. You can find photos and videos of these training sessions on Instagram
. After the training is complete, the participants are given the necessary materials so they can continue to practice their new skill during their regular meetings and at home. The purpose of this Wash and Grow! program is to train women to make liquid soap for everyday use, which helps them avoid cross-contamination and improve the health and well-being of themselves and their families. Awareness raising and networking
Wash and Grow! project has been truly fortunate to find a project management professional and committed person to manage the project in Kenya. Peter lives in the area and knows the local language and community. During his time as project manager, he has been actively networking with local health officials and is committed to raising awareness of ecological sanitation amongst Mifuko’s 26 women’s groups involved in the project. He has also supported the women in organising themselves and registering as a community-based organisation, Mifuko Women Development CBO.Finnish team visits the project
At the end of September Anita Lintula, the project coordinator in Finland supporting Peter’s work in Kenya, and board member and architect Vilma Autio will visit the project. Board members and founders of Mifuko, Minna Impiö and Mari Martikainen, and Katja Kantola, CEO of Mifuko, will participate in the activities as well. The team will visit all the newly constructed toilets and meet the representatives of Mifuko Women Development CBO. A small-scale event is planned to take place in Makueni following the visit. The Covid19 situation will be watched carefully, and all precautions will be taken to ensure everyone’s safety.A warm thank you for your interest and support for this project.