Agribusiness Investment for Market Stimulation (AIMS) - Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi

Global Communities (formerly operating as CHF International) launched in December 2014 a new program entitled Agribusiness Investment for Market Stimulation (AIMS) in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi. Funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, AIMS will expand trade in key agricultural commodities by increasing bank financing to small and medium agribusiness enterprises, and by multiplying their trade outlets.

The EMIRGE Program

Global Communities implements Enabling Market Integration through Rural Group Empowerment (EMIRGE), a cooperative development and learning program funded by the USAID Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3). EMIRGE focuses on stimulating early-stage cooperation by responding to a member-driven agenda and strengthening social capital and organizational capacity to advance the group enterprise and increase incomes. It provides technical support to community based organizations, government cooperative institutions, donor programs and private sector initiatives.

The DREAMS Initiative

DREAMS, a new initiative of PEPFAR, the Gates Foundation and the Nike Foundation, is helping adolescent girls and young women lead Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe lives. Global Communities, in partnership with USAID, implements the DREAMS initiative in the Pumwani Ward of Nairobi County in Kenya, which is one of several countries where DREAMS is being implemented.

The Kenya Tuna Uwezo (CMM) Program

The informal settlements of Kiambio, Kibera, Mathare, and Korogocho and Babadogo in Nairobi are among the area’s most vulnerable to political and ethnic manipulations. These slums contain some of Kenya’s most at-risk populations due to high unemployment, cramped living spaces, and marginalization from mainstream society. Within the slums, residents are largely sub-divided by ethnic group. Ethnic divisions are exacerbated by political and non-political issues such as access to basic services, and religious and cultural differences. The opportunity for conflict is rife, threatening the peace and prosperity promised in the new constitution.

The HOPE Program

CHF International launched the Healthy Outcomes through Prevention Education (HOPE) program in March of 2012. This initiative, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), aims to improve students’ HIV/AIDS knowledge, attitudes, and practices in primary and secondary schools in Nairobi and its environs, with a particular focus on informal urban settlements.

The Blood Safety Program

CHF International, in partnership with the Africa Society for Blood Transfusion Kenya (AfSBTK) launched the Technical Assistance for the Implementation and Expansion of Blood Safety Activities in Kenya program on 27th October 2010. This initiative, funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), aims to strengthen the national blood transfusion system to ensure safe and sufficient blood supply in Kenya.

The PRESERV+ Program

CHF’s emergency response program, Protecting and Restoring Economic Sustainability to Ensure Reduced Vulnerability Plus (PRESERV+), funded by USAID/Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), is working to mitigate continuing vulnerability and livelihoods loss among vulnerable households in Kitui and Tharaka Counties in eastern Kenya, two of the strategic Feed the Future areas for Kenya. The overarching goal of PRESERV+ is to increase resilience and strengthen coping mechanisms for 26,216 total individual beneficiaries affected by cyclical drought and subsequent shortages in household food supply.


Global Communities is an international non-profit organization that works closely with communities worldwide to bring about sustainable changes that improve the lives and livelihoods of the vulnerable. Development is not something we do for people; it is something we do with them. We believe that the people who understand their needs best are the people of the community itself.
We make a difference by engaging with communities, governments, the private sector and NGOs as partners for good – bringing together complementary strengths and shared responsibilities to work toward common goals. We envision a world where everyone has the freedom, means and ability to live and prosper with dignity.
Global Communities has existed for 60 years. Most recently we have been known as CHF International and, before that, the Cooperative Housing Foundation. We began in 1952 as the Foundation for Cooperative Housing.
Global Communities currently works in more than 20 countries around the world in Africa, Asia, Europe & the Caucasus, Latin America & the Caribbean and the Middle East.

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