Our Collaborators

KickStart International, an international NGO that designs, promotes and mass-markets simple moneymaking irrigation tools that smallholder farmers buy and use to start highly profitable family enterprises.  KickStart developed the MoneyMaker Max Irrigation Pump that is used in this study.  KickStart will be responsible for the following: 1) Distributing the farming implements and human powered water-pump; 2) Training participants on using the irrigation pumps to help expand agricultural productivity; 3) Developing and implementing the agricultural training curriculum along with the UCSF and KEMRI teams; 4) Working with all of our partners on dissemination of the intervention to elsewhere in Kenya and East Africa. 

Equity Bank (K) Limited is a fully-fledged commercial bank that has a passionate commitment to empower its clients to transform their lives and livelihoods through inclusive financial intermediation. With a business model that is anchored on access, convenience and flexibility, the Bank has evolved to become a model for of other institutions worldwide to extend financial services to the low income segment and the un-banked population.  They are responsible for the following components of the intervention: 1) Managing and administering the loans; 2) Providing training on financial management; 3) Collection of loan repayments in accordance with terms agreed upon with our team; 4) Collaborating with KickStart and other partners to disseminate this intervention elsewhere in Kenya and East Africa.

We are conducting this study in collaboration with the Kenyan Ministry of Health and with support from Family AIDS Care and Education Service (FACES). In addition, we collaborate with the UC Global Health Institute (UCGHI)

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) funds the study.