Our community engagement
The development of rural communities not only depends on adequate infrastructure, service delivery or enhanced economic opportunities. Rather, it also involves improving capacity of the people to participate in finding solutions, fostering community confidence, providing coordinated frameworks for discreet initiatives and establishing community relationships beyond those of service delivery.
Iburu contributes into a broader rural community development approach through;
We value and care not only about financial and physical well-being of our farmers but also their mental struggles. Farmers face a unique set of stressors because farming is an occupation that is largely influenced by factors that are beyond a farmer’s control. These include weather, pest and diseases, price and interest rates that can fluctuate greatly and unexpectedly.
Additionally, farmers can be isolated geographically and socially as they tend to work long hard days alone and may not prioritize their own health and well-being to get the job done.
To offer the full support that we believe our farmers as well as their families deserve, our Iburu team is supported by volunteers based on our farm who offer pyscho-social assistance. Our psychological work is resource-oriented, focusing on projects that motivate the youth in discovering and utilizing their potential, self-reflection on dreams and yet undiscovered resources to reach each one’s individual life goals in their occupations.
We are guided by the belief that, sometimes we gain or regain motivation and see the purpose of our work by feeling and realizing that what we do is an important part of a bigger vision. That every step in the procedure is necessary and appreciated-from planting a new coffee seedling to tending and picking its fruitful beans.
Use your free-time wisely; instead of hanging out not knowing what to do, dreaming big-city dreams, why not grabbing a skateboard and give your mind freedom and direction…
Skateboarding is a great activity for kids to learn life skills, inclusion and boost self-esteem.
Together with Woodwise Skateboarding, we hope to bring out the vibe of skating as an art and freedom to express oneself through the sport.
Coffee on canvas
Coffee is an inexpensive natural dye whose potential for artwork is limitless. It is a wonderful medium for monochromatic artwork with a wide range of rich brown hues. This activity is a great way to express your creativity on paper or canvas in an environmentally friendly way.
Iburu gives back to the community through sponsorship or participating in activities organized by the local Makuri Development Forum (MDF) group. Funds raised in this drive are used to support bright but needy school children within the local community.
Supporting the cottage industry
We harness the magical beauty of the East African ‘Lesso’ also known as ‘Khanga’ to make vibrant bags for your coffee. The prints and designs are inspired by our rich culture, diversity and nature. By engaging local tailors we support the cottage industry by creating employment that allows more people to stay and thrive in the countryside as well as impress customer
Our volunteer/internship experience
Want to gain or offer new skills and experience to our coffee project?
If your answer is yes, then Ibúru would be a great opportunity for you. We would be delighted to hear from you and how you want to spend your time with us.
We are open to new ideas no matter if you are a student, have just finished school or already have work experience; together we can figure out which tasks are fitting your interests. You will have an opportunity to either contribute to our existing thematic areas or chart your own path. As a social enterprise, it is not even necessary to be in Kenya as you can support our growing community all over the globe.
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