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In pictures: 'Millennium Village' in Kenya
Long-lasting change

In August 2004, experts from the Earth Institute at New York's Columbia University and the UN approached the villagers of Sauri to see if they would like to take part in a project - and become a UN "Millennium Village".

The idea was to show that an integrated approach to development, which tackled multiple needs and responded to local conditions, could lay the foundations for long-lasting change, even in the most difficult circumstances.

The village and the government provided just over half the funding; the rest was in international aid.

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