Kenya Village Project 2013-2016
In 2013 Ryerson University Professor Golden created the Kenya Village Project to develop this educational and fundraising website www.kenyavillageproject.org to tell the story of Kithuia’s transformation and support the work of Tonembee Association. Funding was sought and provided by several internal Ryerson University grants. Educational Teaching Modules were added to the site in 2016.
The Business Feasibility Plan
In 2015 the Kithuia solar cooker team asked the Kenya Village Project to assist them in the development of a solar cooker business feasibility plan. Ryerson University and World Vision offered business startup expertise to the Kenya Village Project team. Solar Cookers International provided legal use of their solar cooker patent to Kithuia. In 2016, the solar cooker business feasibility and business competency plans were delivered to the Kithuia solar cooker team in Kenya. The villagers are determining their next step.
The Kenya Village Project sought funding from 2013-15 and co-produced with Tonembee Director Nikila Cole six videos to tell the story of Kithuia’s transformation. The Project financially supported the editing of 8 videos.
The Kithuia solar cooker team uses the videos to share solar cooker knowledge with other villages.
The Loodariak Village Beadwork Collective in south eastern Kenya shared their successful co-operative ‘sacco’ business module with the Kithuia solar cooker team, through the Kenya Village Project. In return, Kithuia solar cooker knowledge was transferred to Loodariak in late 2016 by the Kenya Village Project. The Project is working collaboratively with the Loodariak team to introduce solar cooking technologies to the women in a pilot project with an experienced Kenyan solar cooker trainer.
The collaborative work of the Kenya Village Project with Tonembee Association, World Vision and Solar Cookers International was highlighted at the Social Innovation Changemaker Showcase at Ryerson University in Toronto Canada, November 2015. Peter Haastrup, the lead researcher for the Kenya Village Project, presented for the Project. Mr. Haastrup is a PhD student in Policies Studies at Ryerson University.
The story of Kithuia and the collaborative development and delivery of the solar cooker business feasibility plans were presented at the Solar Cooker International conference CONSOLFOOD 2016, in Faro Portugal in January 2016. Peter Haastrup, the lead researcher for the Kenya Village Project, presented for the Project.
Goraj, Vadodara, Gujarat India
The story of Loodariak and the introduction of solar cooker technologies will be presented at the Solar Cooker International Conference in India, January 2017 by the Kenya Village Project Director Professor Jean Golden and Peter Haastrup of Ryerson University. It will outline knowledge transfer between Loodariak and Kithuia Villages in Kenya, Ryerson University in Toronto Canada, World Vision (Canada and Kenya), and Solar Cookers International.
Website: J Golden
Research Asst: H Sadkowski
& P Haastrup
Site Design: W Cudlip
Photos: J Golden, Ryerson University
& N Cole
Professor Jean Golden Ryerson University
Site Designer: Walt Cudlip