Maragua Division, Kenya
I wish to inform you that we hosted 6 PATHWAYS scholars, other university students who are part of PATHWAYS and have their own community projects, and who hail from different parts of Kenya. The purpose of the visit was to learn about cassava cultivation and encourage them to replicate the project in their communities. This is in line with our project's mission to reach out to more communities and have them benefit from cassava as an additional and much more beneficial, nutritious, cost effective food, fodder and cash crop. They visited our demonstration plot and about 20 plots owned by different farmers. They also went to the mill where they got an opportunity to handle milling for about 2 hours. Additionally, they sampled different cassava dishes- chapatti, ugali, chips, crisps, porridge, doughnuts. At the day end, they carried with them cassava tubers for cooking and cuttings for planting. Their report to us is that they were overly impressed and they are willing to help us partner with their communities in embracing of cassava growing. This will help their community members increase their food security and also increase their income.
Thank you for your continued support to help us achieve food security and to spread the word about the benefits of cassava.
All the best.
Dear Global Giving Friends,
Wairimu attended our mentorship program before joining Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. The skills she acquired particularly in computer and social interaction were to later shape both her academic and social life in the university and more importantly help other girls. In her own words, Wairimu narrated the impacts of her two months encounter with SAWA:
“When I joined college, I was the best among my friends who was competent in computer applications. Most of the others came from the rural areas and were using the computer for the first time. Majority did not have an email. The culture shock at the university was great to many, particularly those who had schooled in day high school without boarding experiences. Since I was ahead of them having shared with other girls at SAWA, where we used shared accommodation, I took the responsibility to show them around and train them on how to live with one another. I opened email accounts for them. All class assignments are supposed to be typed, so I helped them learn how to type. I also showed them how to prepare slides for Powerpoint presentation, using the skills acquired at SAWA. As a result I became their automatic mentor. We formed a group of 12 girls with me a their obvious leader. In this group, we discuss issues of career and even challenges facing girls in education. One time, we invited Winnie, one of the women who used to give us counseling at SAWA. She came to the university and gave us a talk on balancing academics with Social life. 80 girls attended the talk which was conducted at Auditorium II.”
The story of such impacts is similar to all those who have passed through the mentorship program.
This program has not only benefited the individual girls, but also has benefited many other girls through them. We are mentoring girls and training mentors for girls.
Thank you for helping us!
Thank you so much for supporting Jemimah Peters, Dennis Mutwiri, and Michael Murigi. Dennis and Michael are finishing up their degrees at the University of Nairobi and will be graduating in December. We are very proud of all they have accomplished both academically and with their community projects. I want to introduce Brian Maluki, a 3rd year PATHWAYS scholar majoring in medicine. He will be reporting on his project in Kitui County, Kenya along with Jemimah Peters.
Jemimah Peters The women’s group is engaged in the care of the poultry and they have plans to increase the number so improve revenue from egg selling. Our area is so dry that water is the limiting factor for almost everything, from raising crops to education. The pursuit of water takes so much time. Walking the 3 kilometers to fetch water each day prevents women and children from engaging in other useful endeavors, for instance children doing their homework. While I am happy that the two water tanks are providing much needed water, they still dry up before the rains come. That is why we are planning to dig an underground tank or dig a borehole so that we can have water for the community year round. I will consult with geologists and my community members before making a decision.
Attached is a photo of my women’s group in front of the water tank near our church. I am pictured in the front int he organge shirt. The other photo is of my women's group leader talking about the need for water in this dry area of Kenya.
Thank you for helping to uplift my community.
My project involves making art and clay products such as pots, baskets, ropes, and bricks using the widely and readily available materials locally, that is, clay which is the common soil type in the area and Sisal fiber from sisal plant that grows well under the semi-arid conditions in the area.
My project has been inspired by the poor living standards of the residents in the area yet there is a vast of unutilized resources that can be put to use and generate income for their livelihoods. The raw materials are absolutely free, the challenge has been how to use them; this gave the inspiration for the project. The main objective being to empower and equip people with the necessary skills to make and sell their products.
So far, through PATHWAYS we have a piece of land (80m*50m) we have grown Sisal and Aloe Vera. Members have been assisted to grow sisal in their pieces of land and also are trained on how to weave baskets and make ropes for sale as evident in the photos. Plans are underway to acquire a sisal processing machine that will go a long way to help increase the production capacity and increase efficiency. Members have made some money through selling baskets, one costs about US$7 and make an average of 100US$ per month. We also began a microfinance in a bid to help members invest and save their earnings as well as educate them on financial literacy. We also provide credit facilities at lower interest rates to enable members run similar projects at home.
My projects benefits sixty families as at now. We aim at reaching one hundred families by the end of the year. And through your support and bountiful giving, YES WE CAN!
Attached is a picture of some of the members showcasing their sisal bags and also a photo of me.
You are making a huge difference in the lives of my community members.
We are grateful!