If it were not for chama, we wouldn’t be reaping from farming

Alome Achayo displays juice she processes using mango sourced from a women's group. The cooperative society supplying the mangoes has 350 members, all who are small-scale fruits farmers spread all over Siaya County. PHOTO | RACHEL KIBUI | NMG

What you need to know:

  • Ten women form a poultry chama that has enabled them access lucrative market easily and build their skills.
  • Alome Achayo processes mango juice for sale, thanks to a farmers’ group.
  • In essence, small-scale farmers benefit from such networks which offer marketing advantages, knowledge and experience sharing and bargaining power in the purchase of inputs.
  • More importantly, leaders need training on the issue of conflict management as complaints will always arise in a group and how leaders handle them is what matters.

Kanyangi village, on the slopes of Chyullu Hills National Park in Makueni County, was initially known for frequent human-wildlife conflicts. 

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