Location: Makutano, Kitale.
Years in Operation: 10 Years .
Amount needed: $300.
Agnes Kemunto Oriki is a very dedicated farmer who works both hard and smart she says to ensure that her farm yields good crop for sale. She has practiced farming for the last ten years planting maize and beans every planting season of the year. She makes sure to invest on good seeds and fertilizer as well as the right pesticides for them. She takes care of her farm ensuring that the soil has the right nutrients at all times. She is a good judge of the seasons and prides herself in dedication to her farm which she is happy does not let her down. On the few occasions that she has not had as big harvests as she anticipated, she has had to buy more stock from other more successful farmers to be able to meet her customers’ demand. She does all within her power to ensure good harvest every season to avoid incurring losses and additional expenditures.
She creates employment albeit temporarily for the people who work in her farm (at least ten) preparing the land, planting, weeding, harvesting and transporting the harvest home and to the market. The mother of five school going children also gets help from the children when school is not in session. She has made sure that all the children learn the tricks of the farm and are as passionate about agriculture and agribusiness as she is. She is impressed that they have not deviated from her teachings and unlike most young people of their time, they do not shun the ‘dirt of the farm’ but are eager and willing to help out. It will be her joy she says to see them follow in her footsteps even when they become career people or get blue collar jobs when out of school. She still hopes they take agribusiness even if on the side for she has seen its fruits.
She keeps one dairy cow which assures her family of daily milk supply and at least 5 more liters to sell to her neighbors every morning and evening. This additional income enables her to buy groceries and a few household items. The maize and beans crops that she sells is what provides her with the income that she uses to pay for the education of her children as well as afford their upkeep.
It is now the beans planting season in Kitale and she is eager to expand the area of land covered by beans this planting season. She is encouraged by the harvests she has had in the previous seasons and would like to enjoy more produce. She is seeking $300 from Moto Hope Micro Lending to enable her to thoroughly and appropriately prepare the land, buy seeds and plant the crop. With the money she will also be able to hire the best labor for the same. High yields assure her of high profits which she will not only use for her family’s needs but also plough back into agribusiness.