Help Self Help Center

Supporting small-holders farmers in Kenya since 1993

About us

HSHC is a national development agency, registered in Kenya (1993), working with thousands of communities to end poverty and environmental degradation.

Help Self Help Centre (HSHC) works with forest adjacent communities and pastoralists to end poverty. Our work seeks to create and sustain better livelihoods through capacity development, access to technology, financial and business development services and linkage to the markets.

HSHC listens to, and learns from small-holders farmers to identify and help them fulfill their own needs and encouraging them to lobby decisions-makers in their own context. We have a distinctive approach to fighting poverty, with technology and business solutions at the heart of everything we do.

Our Vision

A society without poverty and where every person enjoys their right to unrestricted access to productive resources.

Our Mission

To work with small-holders farmers and the food and chemical industries to eradicate poverty and environmental degradation through sustainable management of natural resources

Our Goal

To facilitate the local community living around forests of Mt Kenya to effectively and viably manage existing opportunities in agricultural and nature based unique resources to support sustainable livelihoods


We assist small-holders farmers in growing strawberry, tree tomato, mango, fresh mint and chives. This program has evolved into 2 social enterprises HBV and EAL.



Through the partnershlip with Jifaidi Sacco we provide micro loans to farmers and their families. Next to loans for agricultures we also provide loans for school and college fees.



This program focuses on Research and & Development (R&D) and commercialization of unique and innovative natural products. The program has managed to commercialize, under its sister company HBV, three products namely croton oil, Yangu oil and Aloe Vera. The program targets forest adjacent and pastoralist communities with special attention to empowering women and preservation of the Mt. Kenya Forest.

Climate Change Resilience

We focus on assisting local communities to adapt to climate change through adaptation and mitigation strategies including climate smart agriculture, renewable energy technologies, efficient household cook-stoves, and alternative livelihoods.

Improving Employability of TVET Graduates Project


The objective of this project is to equip and provide young TVET graduates with the necessary skills and opportunities to find decent jobs or create their own jobs in growth sectors.


Career guidance and on-the job and soft skills training

  • Creating awarenes on availability of TVET related expertise
  • Reinvigorate interest of TVET related careers (for those already in menial jobs)
  • Build partnerships with local businesses.
  • Build TVET innovativeness within the counties


  • Soft skills training (ICT)
  • Career guidance(CV)
  • Business and entrepreneurial skills
  • Link TVET graduate with employers, clients and support for own businesses.


Empowering Youth For Job Market

The project was launched in Nyeri County with partnership of HSHC and Finish Embassy in Kenya.



Economic Empowerment of Women and Youth through Sustainable Management of CapeChestnut, Baobab and Marula Essential Oil Value Chain

Women and Youth IN Climate change Oriented, and Market focused farming Enterprise (Women and Youth INCOME Project) with the support of the Lutheran World Relief

Small holders farmers agribusiness micro-finance and field support project

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