Location: Mau Summit, Molo.
Years in Operation: 10 Years.
Amount needed: $100.
Gladys Chepkoech a dotting mother of two children has had her hands on small scale farming for all of her adult life and is focused now more than ever on being able to provide adequately for her young family. She specializes in peas farming at times rotating it with cabbages, carrots and potatoes. She and her husband own the half of an acre farm land which saves them both from costs of hiring land every season. There is currently crop almost ready for harvest on half of this land.She sells all of her farm produce at the roadside market upon harvesting.
Her husband is also a very skilled farmer in employment at the neighboring Flower farm and when he is off duty gladly helps Gladys on their family farm. Gladys is open to many other employment opportunities that come her way while her crop is still on the farm. She engages in a variety of casual jobs in the homes and farms neighboring her village keeping busy while earning a sizeable income for her family.
She is seeking $100 to purchase certified seeds which are disease resistant for the oncoming planting season. She is preparing to grow the peas and has already ploughed the land and harrowed the soil. Some of the funds will also go towards the purchase of DAP fertilizer which she has learned makes all the difference in assuring her a bumper harvest. She uses a ratio of 5kg per a kilo of seeds and properly mixes it with the soil for best results. Even with the covid-19 scare, she is focused on her farm for she knows she will always have a market for her harvest as people will always demand food no matter the season.
She tends to her crop as a mother to her young ones she says for all care is needed seeing as how delicate the peas crop is. By the time weeding starts a month after planting, she will have saved up enough from her other casual jobs to purchase the CAN fertilizer which she will apply to prepare the crop for flowering. The weather is just right and she won’t need to irrigate thanks to the rains. She is very up beat about this season and is putting all her focus on its success.