Sabina Munguti, a beneficiary of the In-Country Training, says she will forever be grateful for the 2006 JKUAT/JICA In-Country training on strengthening the capacity of grassroot women for wealth creation and social-economic development.
Sabina, a resident of Machakos County, took the knowledge and went back to her community to spread the gospel of women economic empowerment. “I thank JKUAT and JICA for the training I received, which I have shared with the women of my community.”
Sabina attests that she has trained over 3000 women within and outside Machakos County on income generating activities especially indigenous poultry keeping. Over the years, pegged on her experience, she has also trained women on group dynamics, preparation of business plans, marketing and proposal writing.
“Using my home as a resource center, I have trained a number of women groups that are now able to take responsibility for improving their own lives,” observes Sabina.
Speaking during the recently concluded In-Country training in Machakos County, Sabina said she was humbled that her efforts have received recognition from various quarters such as the Machakos County office and the Ministry of Education who awarded her a trophy of recognition for inspiring change in Machakos and other counties.
Doris Mwilu, one of the beneficiaries of the Machakos County In-Country training, acknowledged that the training has given her a push to venture into entrepreneurship farming. “I have always been passionate about farming but this training has given me the zeal to venture into organic farming as a commercial enterprise.”
Doris specialises in Macadamia nuts, Avocado and dairy goat farming and hopes that the knowledge gained will help her start demonstration farms to empower the women and the youth of her community.
“I understand that emphasis is being put on women but it is also important that we empower our youth to take up farming as a viable commercial venture,” opined Doris.
For the sustainability of the project, Doris recommended that the project coordinators should undertake periodic follow ups on the trainees and give technical support where necessary. She hopes that such initiatives will enable both the rural women and men have equal opportunities to participate in, and benefit from profitable economic activities.
In a speech read by JKUAT Director for Research, Dr. Patrick Mbindyo, Deputy Vice Chancellor in-charge of Research, Production and Extension (RPE), Prof. Mary Abukutsa, while acknowledging JICA’s support encouraged the women to be agents of social and economic transformation in their communities.
“We really hope that our effort will bear fruits and aid in the eradication of poverty, enhance rapid economic growth and increase agricultural productivity,” said Prof. Abukutsa.
She further said to achieve a meaningful impact of the training, RPE will from time to time provide relevant advice and technical support to the 50 Machakos County women involved in the training.
“Together with our partners, we shall help you grow your small farming practices to serious enterprises through what we call technical backstopping,” attested the DVC.
The training, themed: Optimizing the capacity of grassroot women for enhanced livelihood improvement and rural entrepreneurship, has so far trained over 3500 women countrywide since inception in 2000. This year, the training targets to train at least 400 women in the counties of Kiambu, Murang’a, Machakos, Kitui, Kisumu, Nyeri, Laikipia, and Migori.