Community Livelihood Fund (CLF)

The CLF is supported by USAID and DANIDA among others through the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) who procedurally channels it to member community conservancies and is aimed at empowering communities to identify, plan and implement their own development programmes through their conservancies.

The funds came as godsent as it focused on uplifting the communities surrounding the conservancies as compared to conservation and management of natural resources which traditionally has been the main programme area.

The first introduction was in the Year 2015 when applications were made by community conservancies to Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) and projects implementations started taking root in the Year 2016.

The fund has a policy for application, implementation of projects and subsequent reporting to NRT.

Since 2015, the following were some of the project implemented:

Laresoro Dispensary

Laresoro Dispensary is a CLF Project for the Year 2015. It was the first one and strategically well thought out to benefit about 4,000 residents of Laresoro, Long'erded, Ntilal, Nandadapo, Losaplai, Lesurua, and beyond. Health facility access is now more convenient to the surroundings.

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Lerata Primary

Lerata Primary school benefited from CLF 2016. The school had only 6 classroom blocks and needed 2 more to accommodate Class 7 and 8 pupils who were forced to look for other schools for continuation and the nearest school is 8 KMS away.

This brought much convenience to pupils and eventually, they became compliant to get registered as National Exam Center because they fulfilled the basic infrastructure minimum requirements. 

The first class sat for Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) in the Year 2018.

The two blocks were officially launched by Deputy Governor (Former) Julius Leseeto.

This year (2023), the school sent an additional proposal for construction of a library.

Nakwamor Outpost

This is the Year 2017 CLF-supported project.

Some settlement areas recorded high vulnerability of security with people losing property and lives to banditry and very historical. This made locals flee to safer places.

The Conservancy made strategic considerations to establish the rangers' outposts in the volatile area, and the outcome has been very encouraging to see. 

With stability and order realized, people trooped back to settle in their once ancestral grounds.

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Youth Enterprise

The Conservancy adopted a non-infrastructural project for the CLF 2018 programme by considering empowering the vulnerable youth socio-economically by providing 26 motorbikes. The benefit was agreed upon by the Board and distributed equally among the zones.

Through zonal/villages public participation, the community was able to identify the neediest and most industrious youth seeking an opportunity to uplift their lives.

The youth were inducted making them prepared to receive the motorcycles that they would use for the taxi business.

The youth were subscribed to Northern Rangelands SACCO, where they make savings and access credit.

Ideally, the project helps in mitigating the youth from engaging in criminality like cattle rustling, highway banditry, and other types of crimes, by getting an opportunity in doing something gainful.

The policy of the benefit however is a REVOLVING FUND. The beneficiaries are expected to make nominal monthly installments to the SACCO and after 24 months if they successfully complete the payments, the Conservancy transfers the ownership (logbook) to them.

Long'erded Borehole

Long'erded Borehole solarization project is a non-infrastructural one. It is a CLF 2021 project. It was expected to happen in the Year 2020 but the Covid-19 pandemic situation could not allow it.

The Conservancy saw the need for the project because electricity fees were becoming exorbitant and the water supply demand was high.

The borehole resource is shared among the Conservancy, Samburu Saruni Lodge, Long'erded, and Laresoro communities.

Laresoro Dispensary and Laresoro Primary School are also connected to the pipeline.