Shamba Maisha

Shamba Maisha
We are testing an agriculture and finance intervention to improve the health and well-being of families living within communities affected by HIV in Western Kenya
What is the intervention?
‘MoneyMakerMax’ Treadle Pump, a low-cost micro-irrigation water pump, which enabled farmers to irrigate their crops year-round, avoiding dependence on seasonal rainfall thus capitalizing on higher crop prices in the marketplace
What is the intervention?
Training on sustainable farming practices and financial management delivered to groups of participants in eight didactic and practical demonstration sessions
What is the intervention? 
Loan program of vouchers (worth $175 USD) to purchase the irrigation pump, seeds, fertilizers, and other farming implements

What’s unique about Shamba Maisha?

We are a transdisciplinary team made up of researchers, physicians, engineers, bankers, farmers, statisticians, nutritionists, economists, and social scientists from Kenya, Canada and the US working to develop and test new approaches to improve health and empower families affected by HIV in rural Kenya. 

Shamba Maisha is the only study funded by the US National Institutes of Health testing an agricultural intervention to improve the health of people living with HIV. Shamba Maisha seeks to turn substance agriculturalist into horticulturalists to improve health and nutrition, and lift families out of poverty.

Goal

Shamba Maisha will determine the impact of the multisectoral intervention among farmers and their dependent children aged 6-months to 3 years living in communities affected by HIV.  In addition, we seek to understand the pathways through which the intervention may improve health outcomes among adults and growth and development among the children. Lastly, in order to inform policy, we will determine the cost-effectiveness of the intervention and obtain the information necessary to inform scale-up in Kenya and similar settings in sub Saharan Africa.