Food Security Program Update-15th March 2016

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some members of Soibei SHG transferring seedlings from their nursery and putting them in tubes.

some members of Soibei SHG transferring seedlings from their nursery and putting them in tubes.

Soibei Falls Irrigation scheme Self Help Group is one of the groups we started working with late last year here in Kapenguria ward. Although participants had enough water for irrigation and large tracks of land, they were not getting much out of farming due to lack of expertise knowledge in crops production.

Mr Richard Kibet is one of the people who tried practicing agriculture but due to the low returns he was getting, he decided to quit and move to Lodwar to start up a business. He came back recently and found those he had left behind doing well and this got him curious. It was then that he learned from his father Mr. Stanley who is the Community Development committee of Soibei Falls Irrigation scheme Self Help Group that they had joined Jitokeze Wamama Wafrika and are now benefiting from trainings and certified seeds that are not readily available in the market.

Mr Kibet decided to join the group and after attending classes for just two months, he decided to close down his business and concentrate on farming. He has cleared a two acre piece of land and he is planning to plant cabbages, kales, capsicum and carrots in large scale to sell.

Kibet shares that he had lost all hope in farming considering the slope of his land that leads to soil erosion during rainy seasons but now he has learnt that he can use contour ridges and plant cover crops like nappier grass which will double up as feeds to his cow that he is planning to buy.

Although Soibei SHG practices pure crop productions, Kibet has also showed his interest in poultry keeping and he has been sacrificing his free time to attend poultry training being offered to another group. Kibet believes in the power of knowledge and he is glad he came back on time and is also grateful to the organization for offering trainings to people.

At the moment, soibei SHG is preparing tree nurseries and putting seedlings in tubes for their agro forestry project. they have raised pawpaw, eucalyptus, Cyprus and gravelier seedlings. this seedlings will be planted in the group demo site, sold to other farmers and some will be distributed to each participant to plant in individual farms.

Food Security Program -Updates 09th February 2016

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Our FSP project is making a major impact on most of the farmers we are working with in the various self help group. We are glad to share how through this project Mrs. Sofia Mathias a member of Mosoriot SHG has been given a piece of land by her husband after seeing her dedication in practising sustainable Agriculture.
Sofia who had initially been depending on her husband for everything shared with us how her life changed greatly after joining Mosoriot group. Through the training she was receiving from her trainer Mrs. Yator, she prepared small patches of land after which she planted coriander, hot pepper, kales and established a tree nursery at her home. Despite the harsh weather conditions, her garden flourished and she started selling her produce to nearby hotels and to her neighbors. She shares that since then she has never approached her husband for money and this is what has made him so happy to a point of buying for her a one acre piece of land.
She states that when she joined the group she thought it was just a waste of time just as many people do. But at the moment she has seen the benefits and is even telling other women especially those who just sit doing nothing to join groups because it will be beneficial to them in the long run. She adds that ‘nowadays my husband is the first person to remind me I should be at the demo site meeting with other members and learning new things and not wasting my time at home. I am grateful to Jitokeze for empowering me and making me food secure and financially stable.’ At the moment, we have appointed sofia as the chepkube trainer in Kapenguria ward. Together with her trainer, she is helping other farmers who are keeping chicken in establishing these structures that helps keep their chicks safe from cold and predators.
Apart from farming, sofia and her husband also make bricks for selling to earn money to educate their children.