Maragua Division, Kenya
I wanted to pass along two specific stories that illustrate the immense impact your support of the cassava project is having on the lives of my community members, especially the women.
Winnie Muthoni is a 38-year old single mother of four. For her family's daily bread, she had been fetching water on her back and selling to her neighbors. She does this no more. Being among the first to be trained on how to prepare cassava dishes through the project, Winnie has started her own business. She mills cassava and grains into flour, at the mill you helped us acquire, and with that she prepares dough nuts, chapattis and porridge. She sells these at the nearby Irigiro Shopping Centre or whenever there are ceremonies in the village. She merrily says," I have become my own employer, earning much higher income than in my previous agonizing job. My children are now assured of a better up-bringing. Being a girl-child in my father's homestead, I inherited the smallest piece of land. I am therefore saving towards renting a larger plot to grow more cassava." She thanks all those who have made her life-change possible. See photos of Winnie at the mill.
Mrs. Rachael Wanjiku is a mother of four. She owns 2 cattle that she milks and sells the milk to her neighbors. The revenue that accrues greatly assists her towards meeting her family's needs. Rachael proudly says that the cassava project has been a " double - blessing" for her. She was among the first farmers to adopt cassava growing through the project. Now, she is able to mill a part of her cassava produce into flour for her cattle feeds, at the machine that you helped us acquire. She says, " By milling my cassava into flour for feeding the cattle, I have in a big way cut down costs and improved the animals' health. The corn-based feed that I was buying earlier were much more costly and less nutritious." She grows her own cassava and mills it at the nearby milling machine, at a reduced cost. As a result, her profit has greatly increased. She adds, " Next year, I am venturing into pig rearing. I will be milling my cassava at the machine for pig feeds." She thanks all those who made her "double-blessing" happen. See photos of Rachael with her cattle.
I am happy to have been given this opportunity to make a change in my community. Thank you for helping us succeed. I look forward to seeing this project grow even more and starting other social businesses in the future.
With heartfelt gratitude,
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