The smart village in Kegogi is found in the Kititu Chache sub-county and has a population of 20,555 individuals, with males being about 9,628 and females 10,927. The majority of the population of 10,200 individuals is between the ages of 15 to 64 years living in 4,346 households (Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, 2013). Agriculture is the primary source of employment in Kegogi, which has a high concentration of dairy farms. Inequalities in education quality and access result in disparities between men and women, in employment, income and social class, participation, and literacy. In the village, enrollment in primary education is 54% boys and 50% girls, resulting in learning gaps.
Situation: Access to basic social services is a major concern in Kegogi, which has a government-owned Omora dispensary that lacks medicines and facilities to detect multifaceted diseases that affect the livelihood of women raising families. The dispensary lacks motivation and development opportunities given the challenges of the Kisii county government. The community complements the services with the help of 5 local private clinics and pharmacies that offer low-cost services to families who cannot afford quality health services, affecting reproductive roles and family needs.
Culture: people are predominantly Abagusii. Men still influence the decisions as to the heads of their families and own most of the resources, including land. Women play a role in religious activities such as weddings, marriages, burial ceremonies, and family member baptisms. The strong informal structure of engagement has limited capacity for promoting gender issues, generating income, or seeking equality on the basis of sexual identity.
Beneficiaries: women and young girls, are particularly vulnerable to violence. Young women and girls are constantly threatened at the family and community level. In Kegogi, the indirect beneficiaries targeted through discussion and meetings have a multiplier effect on the local community. Some of the direct beneficiaries seek support and constant interactions with government agencies.
Smart Village actions: Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) has been part of CECOME to counter sex and gender-based abuse. A digital-based campaign against gender inequality and negative cultural norms (FGM) raises awareness about girls and women and human rights. Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRH) provides appropriate technology-based guidance on sexual reproduction, safe delivery, girl’s menstrual safety, and preventing teen pregnancies. Innovative hygiene and sanitation have been identified as critical indicators for promoting environmental hygiene and sanitation and community-led solutions. Women have village savings as a way of empowering them economically to establish small-scale businesses to improve their livelihood and own development.
Lead: Centre for Community Mobilization and Empowerment (CECOME)
Champion: Stella Achoki Mobile: +254722159457