A mother of three had a passion for agriculture as a way of supplementing her unstable husband’s income by ensuring that all her three kids acquire a formal education. This passion wasn’t achievable due to unreliable and erratic rainfall pattern of Muthara location where she lives with her family. The hard work put in their farm does not yield much due to crop failure.
The water scarcity is a big problem in the community and The idea of quitting farming to focus on family chores as a housewife was a bold decision with her husband also unemployed, until together with her friends they formed Mwendwa Rii women group who requested CIFORD for partnership. This has helped her learn a lot and benefitted from CIFORDs programme on women empowerment, community health promotion, and sustainable agriculture; her breakthrough came when she was one of the women who benefited from the water tanks project supported by the Soroptimist International Great Britain &Ireland together with Child.org.
Colleta has collected the rainwater but due to continued dry spell after the water finished from the water tank she requests a donkey cart to bring the water. “ I am proud of my water tank as I am assured of clean water and I never waste time walking in search of water “
Colletta Said “The water tank has been of great help as I can now use a donkey cart to pour the water and store it in the water tank. I am using the water for my kitchen gardening’. “ I don’t go to buy the vegetables and other food as I used to go before, I get from my garden and even neighbors come to buy. This is a source of added income for my family. Thank you for supporting me to have the water tank;” Colletta continued. Water availability at Colletta’s homestead has made it be a training venue for the group members during training for different Bio-Intensive agriculture training like preparing compost making which is later used by all other group members to support their kitchen gardens.
“ I had to stop all that I was doing to come and help my wife carry the water tank and appreciate your support “
Kalumera Thuranira is a 63 year old widow from Mumui sub location of Meru in the semi-arid region. Kalumera is seen as an outcast in the community as she is deaf and dumb and has no children. Her husband died 20 years ago who had married her as a second wife. Kalumera lives a lonely and alienated life.
Julia Kauria is a member of Kailakai Self help group in Kianjai ward, She is a beneficiary of CIFORD training program which is aimed at sustainable agriculture for food security. Julia has a garden and the joy in a whole family can be expressed in their faces.
Ann Mwari, a proud mother of six in her late 30s from Cheranga Village, Tigania West Constituency in Meru County. She is a member of Cheranga women self-help group. Her commitment, dedication and passion to unleash her potential through their group is quiet promising. Her journey started 2 years ago when she made a bold move to join colleague women in order to work together by bettering one another.