Kiwanjani Lodge — Wildlife Eco-Lodge

Below is the case study for the Kiwanjani Lodge Ltd. eco lodge in Taita, Kenya.

Project nameKiwanjani Lodge Limited
LocationTaita, Kenya
Date case study completedMar-12
Contact for more informationAllan Bussard
Integra Co-op
Background, purpose and progress to date
What was the problem / opportunity?The development of an eco-tourism lodge in the poor Kasigau community in southwestern Kenya.
What is the Project's vision?To provide sustainable income to the Kasigau community.
How is this vision to be achieved?
  1. Constructing a 24-bed eco-lodge with 8 cottages in the Kasigau Ranch.
  2. Establish Kiwanjani’s reputation as a differentiated, specialty provider of an exclusive wilderness experience through diverse local and overseas marketing and public relations programs targeting the appropriate markets via various media.
  3. Promoting the 3C’s concept of Community involvement, Conservation, and Competitive returns.
  4. Encouraging awareness on the ecological, aesthetic, and financial significance of conservation of wildlife resources among the Kasigau community and Kenyans at large.
What progress has been made to date?After initial financing had been secured, construction of four cottages was completed and the lodge opened for business in October 2011.
When will the project be self funding, i.e. cost covered by earned income?Within the first three years of operation.
What has been the direct and indirect impact of the project to date?During construction, employment for the labourers constructing the lodge. Now:

  • Full time employment for 11 local staff
  • Dividends of $13,500 to the local community
  • New water well for the local community
  • Income improvement for the community through supply of food and services to the lodge
Specifically, how many FTE jobs have been created or sustained? 11, including 5 rangers, 4 staff, project manager, and a security guard.
How much direct and indirect investment has been made to date?Out of a total budget of $436,638, 77% (or $336,211) has been funded by Slovak Aid. Kenyan sources are contributing 4% (or $17,466).
Lessons learned
What lessons have been learned? What do you know now that you wish you knew at the outset?The value of involving the local community in the development of a project that they will experience significant ownership of and benefit from.
Expansion and replication
What are your plans to expand or replicate the project?We would like to add 4 more cottages in 2012.
How many FTE jobs do you expect to have been created or sustained in 3 years?25 will be created when the lodge is fully built.
What help do you need to achieve your goals?An additional $82,961 is needed for the additional cottages and other improvements (fencing, landscaping, water improvements).
Could this project be replicated by others elsewhere? What would be needed to do this?We are currently planning a similar lodge in the Lake Victoria region of Kenya. We could also discuss a partnership for a similar project in other locations.
Are there documents to aid replication in the TBN resource library?Not at this time. However, additional materials are available upon request.

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