Thank you so much for supporting Jemimah Peters, Dennis Mutwiri, Michael Murigi, who are progressing towards completion of their university studies while also contributing to the uplifting of their communities. The community members have continued to benefit through the projects the PATHWAYS scholars have initiated. Below is an update on the specific progress they have made in the last few months.
I hereby wish to give a report on my project progress. Our plan was to construct a poultry house and keep poultry for income generation purposes. After a long discussion,
the members decided to put up the poultry house at our central project area which is our local church. So far we have completed the construction with only the door and wire-mesh installation remaining, as we ran short of funds. But with the assistance of the second half of the project funds, we are going to complete it soonest and begin the poultry keeping. I have attached photos of the poultry house (the view of the photos may not be that clear as the poultry house is in between two other buildings and so the photos were taken somehow from the side view). The members are eagerly waiting for the completion of the house as they are optimistic about getting income from the project.
We are grateful for your support,
I also met my group over the brief holiday and they are all doing fine. My projects are also progressing well.
Our trees are almost of age and will be in the market during the coming rainy season, in April. We still have people paying for solar panels we loaned them. In fact, one of our members to whom we loaned a panel 11 months ago has completed her payment. We have three solar panels that we intend to loan to three more members.
The fish project is also doing well. Nevertheless, the market has been a challenge. We had a chance of discussing the way out with my members and we contacted several buyers who promised to get back to us. So far, we are still waiting to hear from them.
The merry-go-round project is doing exceptionally well. We closed 2012 with a finance base of sh. 165 250. The loans continue helping members meet their financial obligations. They mainly use the money to boost their agriculture. At the close of the year, every member was awarded a sh. 500 bonus! I am currently undertaking a project related to micro finance as my university project. I discussed it with my members and we intend to use my findings in expanding the project. We also intend to lay down a sound framework that will enable us lend to other groups with the region. I believe the project is right on a growing path.
I am completing my degree in May this year God willing. It has been a period where a lot has changed in my life, thanks to PATHWAYS. I have been able to impact my community, progress my leadership skills, and integrate well with society. I think I would be a completely different person were it not for this organization. I still feel that PATHWAYS is the way to go. In this regard, it is my intention to continue manning my projects even after completion of my studies at the university.
Thank you for your support of me and of this organization!
Our cassava project continues to grow and impact lives. Among the beneficiaries of our project are the aged and the physically challenged. Mrs. Mary Wambui is 70-year old and physically challenged. Previously, Mary never used to carry out any farming on her land as she lacks the ability to manually plant, weed, thin-out, apply fertilizers and thresh corn. She decided to try cassava cultivation which requires no weeding, thinning-out, fertilizer application or threshing. She excitedly says, "I am very satisfied with cassava farming and I will carry it on." With the mill that we purchased last year, near her, she is spared the agony of having to walk farther and spending more to get flour.
Thank you very much for your continued support.
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