Sustainability is an inherent part of all Development Interventions, but more often than not it is merely an afterthought without any real substance or historical successes. Real Sustainability takes Real Household Income to translate into sustainable development interventions. Not dissimilar from the Developed World, people in Lessor Developed Countries must have access to Household Income in order to maintain interventions in Health, Education, Water, Sanitation, and other Development Interventions. Our on-the-ground experience demonstrates people are willing to pay for basic services when Household Income is available. When you are a large Portfolio NGO, you take the $50 Million USAID or DFID Grant, complete your 3-5 year Intervention, and hope for the best. Because Kissito and our close partners are funding our Interventions we constantly focus on Sustainability and generating Real Household Incomes.
Three Kissito initiatives are being designed to employ 31,000+ people in Ethiopia and Uganda and we want these initiatives to serve as Models for creating: JOBS and Economic Activity. Our first and most difficult intervention will engage 10,000 Small and Medium Size (“SME”) farmers in both Ethiopia and in Uganda. Unfortunately, most Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Foods (“RUTF”) are produced in France with Argentinian Peanuts and then air-shipped to African Countries in need. Kissito has invested in RUTF production facilities in Ethiopia and Uganda with the specific intent of creating SME farmer activity and eliminating Toxins from the African peanut supply chain. Difficult…yes… Impossible…Absolutely Not with determination and persistence!
Our Ugandan Improved Cook Stove program is expected to engage 1,000+ people in Stove manufacturing, Maintenance, and Distribution. Kissito and our partners are committed to environmental actions such as Reduce greenhouse gas Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (“REDD”) and Climate change Mitigation and Adaptation initiatives which will engage 10,000+ people in South Sudan and Uganda. The creation of Household Income must raise above all other interventions if we really expect anything to be sustainable without continued donor transferred funding.