Thursday May 15th
We tried to leave early. Our taxi was an hour late (various reasons). The plan was to meet with Tom, one of the WEF Officers, who could show us around in Embakasi and meet a few of the women groups who have gotten WEF loans.
When we were finally on our way, we ran into this funeral and could not go the direction we wanted. Our driver Francis knew some alternative routes and actually we got at our destination almost on time!
After we picked up Tom, our first stop was at Sarah. She showed us her urban farm with a greenhouse, fish pond, plots for vegetables, quails, and lots more. Impressive young lady with a keen eye for business. The greenhouse not only keeps the bugs away. It also keeps the soil moist as this is one of her biggest problems. She collects the rain water, but with raised beds with the proper soil and preparation reduces the need for watering.
Her plot is in the middle of the suburbs. Her neighbors buy her products and she also delivers to restaurants.
In-between stop at Tom's office. On the wall next to the door, he posts the list of all the loans, the amounts to be paid, groups in arrears, etc.
Next stop was a small peanutbutter factory. The group does not grow the peanuts themselves, but they produce the peanutbutter in a place where many other small businesses are located. We bought some jars. Kids, I hope you will like it!
And this was the last
group. They were waiting for our arrival and were dressed in WEF
outfits. We had so much fun, singing and dancing. This group again has
many activities: quails, fish, chickens, a workshop for wood work, and
lots of other animals for milk and meat. Their main issue was the marketing of their products.
It was an great day with BIG thanks to Tom and to WEF for giving us the possibility of visiting these women groups.