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Assistance for communities to address livelihood issues is a critical area of attention, at a time when poverty among majority of Kenyan population is increasing. Most of the rural Kenya poor are small scale farmers and small scale entrepreneurs who trade for consumption. Most of the  marginalized areas are largely dependent on natural resources and the environment for their livelihoods.

From a human rights perspective, livelihoods interventions are founded on the belief that livelihood is an essential right of all human beings to realizing equal opportunity. Poor people do not have life choices, nor do they have opportunities. Ensuring that a poor household has a stable livelihood will substantially increase its income, and over a period of time, ownership of assets, promote dignity and encourage social participation.

Our livelihoods support areas seek to promote economic growth targeting the ‘bottom of the pyramid’ who do not have the purchasing power to buy the bare necessities of life – food, clothing and shelter. FRMF shall facilitate livelihood creation interventions in urban areas, marginalized communities, and environmentally critical areas.

Under livelihoods area, the key interventions will include;
o Increase investments in knowledge and skills in communities to assess and monitor possible risks to their livelihoods.
o Strengthen and promote social infrastructure for community self-organizing such as groups savings and other community structures to enhance their productive potential and sustainability.
o Promote measures to enhance food productivity, value addition and access to markets, credit and finance.
o Promote enterprise development for increased participation in the market place and increased household incomes.
o Invest in the provision of a diverse range of employment opportunities, income and financial services.
o Strengthen linkages between communities and external donors – governments, market players, and development partners.
o Support measures to increase public investments to increase access to physical assets and services.