Watching his parents look after their cows as a child helped Samuel learn a lot about the different aspects of dairy farming. He has been interested in farming ever since; developing a business plan and his first dairy meal product. “I gave the meal to my dad, and he saw the improvement in dairy production at our farm,” he says.
Like many other youths, Vivien never imagined herself working in agriculture or even cultivating her own food. Being the daughter of a dental surgeon, she spent her school holidays observing and her father pulling out people’s teeth at his clinic as they yelled in pain.
Julius says that his decision to become a teacher was largely inspired by his lack exposure to many different careers in life. He also grew believing that people had to be employed after schooling – it did not occur to him that he could venture into self employment as a farmer and be his own boss.
How did someone previously teaching Kiswahili, mathematics and financial accounting make a switch to farming? This is the story of Obadiah Biwot – an unlikely farming hero (which should prove that, regardless of your background, you can succeed in farming too).
Maya Angelou once said; “You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.” These words resonate with Juliet Braslow, a researcher with a diverse background of skills from different disciplines.
Margaret Syomiti has many rich experiences and stories to share. The first revolves around her decision to commit her life’s purpose to improve the livelihoods of livestock farmers. It all began when a hyena killed her grandmother’s fattest goat. Granny brought all of the goats in to sleep beside her to protect the others; she loved livestock so much that she would do anything to protect them.
Kabokyek, a small village in Kericho County is where Duncan Cheruiyot was born and bred. As a small boy, Duncan wanted to be an automotive technician but his environment did not favour such dreams. His is from a predominantly farming community and so only farming related ideas flourished.
A swimmer, a dancer, a reader and an agriculture lover are the adjectives best used to describe Alphaxard (Alpha) - a youthful farmer who has found agriculture not only rewarding but also a career that allows him time to engage in fun activities. It also helps him to exercise too.
It was only when he was awarded a scholarship funded by a dairy institution that Allan Migaili realised that agriculture could be a lucrative career path. He's now studying agricultural engineering and working to increase irrigation intervals, save water and improve soil water holding capacity for food and pasture production.
Sally Musungu’s interest in farming was inculcated in her at a tender age. Born into a farming family, she saw her parents struggle to keep their harvests from going bad. This was sufficient to trigger her interest in farming and she decided to help her family increase its agricultural production.