CIM has developed a 10 point community transformation model in Makutano- Yatta, a community in semi arid part in the Eastern province of Kenya. The Yatta people had for a long time depended on relief food from the government and other agencies.
Instead of focusing on community projects, CIM employed a series of participatory approaches to motivate members at household level and help them to identify their needs, finally coming up with an appropriate exit strategy, owned and driven by the people themselves and in turn bringing in a proper perspective to donor relations and funding.
Dubbed Operation Mwolyo Out (where mwolyo implies unhealthy dependence)- OMO, the program has seen tremendous success in its five years of existence with the community once rated among the poorest in Kenya now boasting of successful climate change mitigation practices, food security, poverty alleviation and wealth creation being a present reality.
OMO’s Ten Point Plan
OMO’s Ten point plan considered as CIM’s transformation pillars are:
1. Community mobilization
2. One acre rule (Domestic climate change adaptation model)
3. Gender in development
4. Integration in development
5. Market linkage
6. Value addition and village commercialization
9. Environmental concerns