Mary Akina is a widow whose husband died three years ago. He left her with six school going children. Mary main income activity is farming. She has been growing coffee that has been giving her about 7,000/- per harvest which translated to an average of 14,000/- annually. This has been very low to sustain her family. Paying school fees for the children and feeding them became a major challenge to her. She lacked income to purchase basic needs personally and for the household.
SVR through partnership with PRI Kenya, identified Mary and recruited her as one of the the Rongo Coffee Project beneficiaries. Since then, she has undertaken three trainings in Permaculture & Food Forest, coffee Good Agronomic Practices (GAP) & Marketing and Agribusiness. She has also been undergoing coffee production extension from the project. This has enabled her to increase her production and last year she sold coffee worth 25,000/- and managed to buy a big cow that gave birth and she now milks the cow. She gets an average of seven liters of milk on daily basis. She sells six liters locally and keeps one liter for her family consumption. She sells a liter at 60/- and this translates to 10,800/- per month. This increased her annual income from farming from 14,000/- to about 57,400/- from her farming activities. With assistance from PRI Kenya – in providing market access in Nairobi, she’s able to retain profits and is very happy with the outcome. She says ‘Permaculture and good coffee agronomics has changed my life! I see a better future for myself and my family’