The day that we had waited for so
long finally came and it was celebrated with pomp and colour. The guest of honour was the Assistant Deputy County Commissioner of Laikipia County. Farmers were represented from all the 7 Maarifa
centers in the Kenya namely Kyuso,Isinya, Nguruman, Mutomo, Ndhiwa, Marigat and
of course the host Ng’arua. They had all carried samples of what they will
market with the help of sokopepe.
I represented Isinya Maarifa center which is
predominantly a pastoral region. I showcased my commodity of yoghurt made from
milk from my cattle. The yoghurt is home-made and is a great way to fetch
higher prices for our milk.
My visit to Ng’arua was very
educative as I was able to learn a lot from the rest of the farmers
representing other Maarifa centers and counties. I got to know their day to day
activities and what farming practices and techniques they use to be successful
in their farming.
Penina Tompo displays her beadwork
On the other hand, I was also able
to teach on yoghurt making with most emphasis on boiling and cleanliness to
ensure good hygiene and avoid illnesses caused by contaminated milk. There were
a few people I met who had skills on how to make yoghurt who insisted that
boiled milk could not bear good results. However, I changed their belief by
displaying my home-made yoghurt whose milk had been boiled thoroughly to get
rid of germs that may cause illnesses and cause danger to its consumers.
After the visit and launching of
the platform, my eyes were opened on the great minefield we had been sitting on
in form of the Isinya Maarifa center. I have therefore purposed to ensure that
the entire Kajiado County is aware of the center and use maximally for their
benefit. This is because some people have taken too long to realize the
knowledge within the center and have not made enough use of it, to wake up and
own it. These are mostly marginalized women, the youth and other disadvantaged
I will continue working with the
women’s groups that we network so that they can all benefit from this project
of yoghurt making. This project will help groups generate income from their
milk who have nowhere to sell their milk especially during the rainy season.
They often sell the milk at very low prices which is very demoralizing.
I will work together with the
other representatives of the counties where ALIN is represented by Maarifa
centers so that together with them, we shall form the Transmedia County Forum.
We hope that this group will unite us and give us a platform to share and
highlight challenges that we are facing in our daily activities.
I expect to continue learning problem
solving techniques for use in group situations as we mostly work in groups.
I hope to continue sharing
experiences from farmers in my county and in other counties too.
I look forward to to continue how
to be an effective leader so as to be more effective in my group.
I expect to learn how to work in
a team and achieve maximum results
I look ahead to to learn how to
best reach those who live in the interiors and assist them better their
I hope to learn how to encourage
one another as farmers and disadvantaged groups
I look forward to learn how to
identify other new networks that will assist us in improving our livelihoods.
I look ahead to best learn from
the success and failures of other groups and other farmers around the county
and country at large.
Thanks to ALIN for this chance
and the exposure. I shall be a role model to my fellow farmers I Isinya and
will use sokopepe the best I can to market
my milk and that of others.