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 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.
Last month’s beans planting season in Kitale and she was eager to expand the area of her land covered by beans. Moto Hope Micro Lending loaned her $300 which enabled her thoroughly and appropriately prepare the land, buy seeds and plant the crop. With the money she was also able to hire the best labor for the farm work. So far the bean crop is showing promise and she is assured of high profits which she will not only use for her family’s needs but also plough back into agribusiness.
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. 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 up agribusiness even if on the side for she has seen its fruits.
Besides the farm, 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.