A loan of $700 helped to construct a greenhouse.


Simiyu's story

Hello! Meet Simiyu, a farmer based in Kitale. Kitale is an agricultural town which lies in the northern part of the Kenyan Rift Valley. For the last five years, he has been selling milk, eggs and maize produced on his farm to raise his four children. He also offers transportation services on his motorcycle among other personal businesses to make ends meet. Simiyu's hobby is looking after his cows! His biggest challenge is prevalent diseases that keep attacking his animals. A man as passionate as Simiyu obviously refers to his animals by names: Jembulie is his most productive and by extension favourite cow. Today, however, Simiyu is looking at something different - a greenhouse. After spending five years in the field, he knows exactly how important diversifying is. Most farmers in Kitale practice organic farming. The problem is they usually run out of supplies during dry season leading to shortage in the market. Simiyu is seeking a loan to construct a greenhouse. This is going to ensure that Simiyu will supply fresh vegetables and fruits all year round. Due to the controlled environment the plants grow in, Simiyu is bound to make good harvests at small, regular intervals. His increased income will enable him to comfortably pay school fees for his children. He also plans to improve his farming.



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