“Wooo!” The cheers ring out as Ndikilii performs one of Kenya’s traditional dances for us.
She gives a big smile. Although advanced in years, the dancing makes her feel young again. She is happy to celebrate and tell the dramatic difference the market gardens and savings groups have made in her life.
Until recently, Ndikilii has lived in poverty. She lives in Makueni county, a region which has one of the highest poverty rates in Kenya. Most live off the land as farmers, but the area is prone to frequent droughts and food shortages. Families cope by skipping meals, selling belongings at reduced prices, foraging for roots, or selling charcoal.
Although elderly and a widow, Ndikilii is tenacious. With the help of donors like you, she enrolled in Tearfund’s new gardening and savings group project and began to learn how to grow more vegetables in the arid region. She started selling the vegetables and through saving in a savings group eventually was able to buy goats and even build a bigger house! “Many other group members have also bought goats,” she tells us.
Thanks to you, families across Kenya and other places are being provided with opportunities to lift themselves out of poverty and towards a future of hope.
‘Canadian people, we’re so grateful for the gifts and support you’ve given to our group. I’ve grown bigger and smarter as a result of the group. I’ve laughed and my eyes are filled with tears of joy.’