Felix Kioko was born and brought up in Machakos County, Kenya. More than half (51%) of the population in Machakos County is economically inactive thus contributing to a very high (59.6%) poverty level. This is attributed to the arid and semi-arid climate condition of this region. "One Goat at a Time Campaign" seeks to promote dairy goat farming as a viable economic activity for the close to 200,000 households in the region. The raised funds will be spent on rolling out a successful dairy goat programme which will entail donation of one high breed dairy goat per household, donation of initial feeds, veterinary services, artificial insemination services, communal production of hay, acquisition of communal milk cooling facilities, purchase of software, general supplies and transportation to every targeted local farmer household.
Dairy goats are hardy animals and therefore survive well in this climate. The small holder rural farmers are able to earn a decent income from selling their surplus milk to his company, Alive & Young Skincare Ltd, which adds value to the milk in manufacturing natural goat milk skincare products. He purchases two-thirds of a farmer's output while the remaining one-third is left for family household consumption to promote good health and nutrition. He is currently working with 100 dairy goat farmers who have since been able to rise above the $2 per day poverty line. In 3 years, Alive & Young hopes to impact 70,000 small holder farmers. Please join him in eradicating rural poverty in Kenya, One Goat at a Time!