OUR IMPACT

Northern Rangelands Trust

The Challenge

The Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) is a community led initiative that brings together communities, individuals, government and non-government organisations with an interest in wildlife conservation and community development in northern Kenya. A major aim of the NRT is to alleviate poverty and improve likelihoods of the inhabitants of the Trust area.

The Intervention

The Safaricom Foundation has over the years partnered with NRT Trading Women's Training and Enterprise Project to help them to further develop and operationalize the project and its training in enterprise and marketing development amongst local women of the north. The Safaricom Foundation has also partnered with Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy through NRT to support its anti-poaching patrol programme in terms of scouts training and capital equipment. The grant from the Foundation was also critical for the newly established conservancy and Ishaqbini has now grown into a stable community conservation. The Conservancy is part of the same wider ecosystem as the Boni forest and Dodori reserves on the north Kenya coast, with elephant populations frequently migrating between regions.

The Impact

The grant from the Foundation was also critical for the newly established conservancy and Ishaqbini has now grown into a stable community conservation. The anti-poaching programme has positively impacted not only the Hirola population, but has also extended to elephants and other species.? The Conservancy is on course to becoming a key tourist attraction, with interested tourism investors visiting the area during the year. Ishaqbini has the potential to play a pivotal role for conservation in the wider region of north-eastern Kenya.