Combining humanitarian relief with resilience building activities in Garissa – Isnino’s story

To shed light on the impact of our interrelated interventions, we travelled to Abaqdera Location in Garissa County to check in with Isnino Barre, a REGAL-IR beneficiary whose story we featured in June 2014.

We were pleasantly surprised to see the degree to which riverine farming has grown in just about a year and a half. The  project has been a huge success thanks to the capacity building measures taken through our partnership with the Garissa county Government, as well as the regular field visits by our staff to all the 13 beneficiaries of Takawal Farmers Self Help Group.

Back in 2011, Isnino and other community members lived a nomadic lifestyle and relied solely on external aid to meet their immediate food needs, in the form of relief food and agriculture recovery inputs provided by the World Food Program (WFP).

Hers is just one story of a grateful beneficiary in Abaqdera Location:

"My name is Isnino Barre, I have nine children aged between 16 months and 20 years. It was really hard trying to provide for my children when I used to depend on relief aid.  After receiving training and venturing into farming in 2013, I have been able to provide food for the family and use the income from the proceeds of the farm to take the children to school.  The training I have received has enabled me to ensure that I receive a good harvest.  In September 2015, I purchased a sewing machine from the proceeds of my horticultural produce and I am able to further diversify my income streams.  The new business is providing an additional income of USD 33 per month to the family.  From this, I am now able to educate my children.  I spend approximately USD 8.3 per month on my children’s educational requirements.

I gained some knowledge in business management at the Production Management workshop organized by REGAL-IR and hopefully, I will apply the skills and continue to enhance my income from the farm."

As a result of the humanitarian response by World Food Program (WFP) and REGAL-IRs innovative resilience building approach, Isnino's story illustrates that is is possible to meet immediate emergency needs while at the same time bolstering communities ability to withstand shocks. 

Isnino’s story is not unique; REGAL-IR supports 15 similar farmer groups in Nanighi ward, Abaqdera Location, an area with high poverty and chronic malnutrition with a population of 1,750 people.