The Reteti Elephant Sanctuary has Kenyaâ€™s second largest elephant population. It takes in orphaned and abandoned elephant calves with an aim to release them back into the wild herds adjoining the Sanctuary. The institution lacked space, facilities and equipment that would ensure the effective care of the elephants and the keepers.
The M-PESA Foundation provided a grantÂ of Ksh. 8.81 million to the institution.
The grant was used for the purchase of a tractor, construction of a keeperâ€™s canteen and elephant stable and purchase of fencing materials for fencing the whole compound.
The sanctuary has an expanded capacity to house more elephants, the stable can now host over 20 elephants from the initial five. The keepersâ€™ canteen has enabled proper organization of shifts and has boosted the keepersâ€™ morale. The tractor has allowed for much needed capacity building, community support and helped with elephant rescues and care.