Help Self Help Centre (HSHC) is a local Kenyan NGO, founded in 1993. It has evolved over the years from a service delivery organization to one working across a broad spectrum of integrated development activities mainly focused on sustainable natural resource management, market led conservation and value chain development. Specifically, we work on four program areas: Agribusiness, Natural Resource Management (NRM), Nature Based Enterprises (NBE) and Climatic Change: All these programs are interlinked and they influence one another.
The innovativeness of HSHC programs is demonstrated by being the first organization in Kenya to have produced biodiesel commercially from natural seeds. We have also managed to commercialize a forest based essential oil (cape chestnut) using a unique business model that is meant to maximize local returns and motivate people to conserve the forest. These two has offered a concrete alternative income stream to local farmers in an environment that is increasingly becoming unfriendly to agriculture because of the impact of climatic change.