Month: August 2021

Month: August 2021

Conservation agriculture amidst the pandemic

According to the UN Report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the world, 60 million more people are hungry today then there were five years ago. Three billion men, women and children cannot afford enough healthy food to eat and now the global pandemic has threatened the right to food for so many people.

We caught up with one of our beneficiaries, Serah (40yrs) who is a member of Tethya Musyi VSL from Nguumo ward, Muuni sublocation Kabarani village. She joined the CA project in March 2020 after Fadhili started a food security project beginning of 2020. The sole purpose of this project is to mitigate the challenges of drought in dry areas through using conservation agriculture. This is an intervention that lays emphasis on minimum tillage, increased soil cover and crop rotation.

Serah was facing a few frustrations with regards to agriculture production before joining the project. She experienced low yield due and environmental de-gradation to lack of knowledge of good agricultural practices due to no agricultural officers’ intervention. Another factor was poor rainfall as she resides in a semi-arid region. After joining the project, she learnt ways of helping her increase her yields which ensured she has enough food and the eat required number of meals a day. She also gained the knowledge needed for good agricultural practices that helps her on improving soil fertility in her farm which in turn reduces the cost of farm inputs especially agro-chemicals.

Serah and her husband appreciating CA farming including intercropping and mulching principles

Having the fear of contracting COVID- 19 through social interactions and gatherings, the groups had to reduce their attendance in farmers trainings due to interruptions from Covid related issues and government containment directives. Schools closure also forced some parents to attend to their parental household roles and responsibilities hence missing training sessions. “Since some participants lost their jobs and casual labor, they had to look for alternative ways of getting income hence reduced participation.’’ notes Serah.

The primary purpose of Fadhili is to provide simple savings and loans facilities in and by the communities that do not have access to formal financial services. By working with us, Serah has benefited through phone calls and messages, farm visits and follow ups advice and due to the pandemic, she has had few farmers meetings and being trained. The organization has also provided buckets, hand washing soap and face mask to the project protect the farmers. We achieve this by ensuring and complying with social gathering activities government directives on Covid 19 

Women’s economic empowerment through VSL project

Financial inclusion is an important factor for improving women’s economic empowerment, fighting poverty and promoting sustainable development. But women living in poverty, and other marginalised groups in Kenya, witness on all hinders they face on accessing the financial systems.  Fadhili Trust seeks to provide simple savings and loans facilities in and by the communities that do not have access to formal financial services. This helps the community to diversify their livelihood sources in order to meet their social, health and economic needs.

Agnes Kithuka from Uthasyo VSL group joined the VSL project in February 2019. She is a 59-year-old mother from Nguumo Ward, Kaunguni sub-location. Before joining the project, Agnes used to save with a micro-finance where she lost all her savings after guaranteeing a member a loan who defaulted his loan. All her savings were retained for repayment of the loan.

She then went seeking for a VSL project that will help her to save and borrow in a structured, flexible and affordable terms with minimal risk in order to start a small business (IGA).Her main motivation was saving for her children school fees. Our organization through the VSL groups offered just that and more.

To date, she has managed to save and borrowed her first loan of five thousand shillings (KES 5,000) and bought a goat for breeding and two chicken which have already multiplied leading her to start a poultry keeping IGA. Her children school fees have never been late in terms of payment, and she owns more than ten goats and a good number of chickens.

Agnes tending to her goats and monitoring them which is part of her IGA


Farmers have been greatly affected by the covid 19 pandemic. The government-imposed Lockdowns and curfews have disrupted both demand and supply of the agricultural product due to market inaccessibility. Women farmers are agents of change and critical players in the food production system. However, they continue to bear the brunt of the pandemic. The outbreak of COVID-19 has devasted their role in the agricultural value chains. They struggle to access agricultural inputs such as fertilizers, farm equipment, and seeds and markets for their produce. This is the case for Agnes Kithuka and other women.

Due to the pandemic, her VSL group meetings were suspended and saving activities interrupted. Before the pandemic, she used to sell some of her goats at the marketplace, but that business was put on hold as there were no customers due to the market closure.

By working with our organization, Agnes and her VSL members have started saving using daily slot method since they did not hold physical group meetings as the government measures had banned all forms of social gatherings. The group continued with daily slots saving in order to give every member the opportunity to save at the box keeper’s homestead until the measures were a bit relaxed.Fadhili provided buckets, hand washing soap and face mask to the project farmers

Eugene’s story

Eugene is the second born of four. His parents are small scale farmers at their home in Siaya County. Both parents are living with chronic illnesses. His father recently lost one of his eyes to cancer. Their condition has made it difficult for them to maximumly fend for the family. By staying at home due to lack of school fees, the first-born daughter became idle and succumbed to peer pressure and got married at a tender age.

Fadhili met Eugene through a community health worker in Rongai who referred him for school fee support in 2018 while he was joining form two in Kisumu day high school. The parents sold all they had to enroll him in form one but still, the fee was not fully paid up. He would be sent home often for school fee which the parents could not afford.

Eugene has been under school fee support from Fadhili since then. He sat for his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education in 2021 and scored a C. He intends to study law and hopes that he gets the opportunity.

Nurturing our feature leaders through education

Christine joined Fadhili’s Trust Watoto Wetu while in primary school – class 8 in 2014. She is living with disability after losing one arm to an accident she was involved in while traveling to their rural home in Kisii with the mother. She has since embraced her condition positively and even participates in sports like football, athletics and hockey. She has managed to participate up to the national level which is the highest competition levels and was awarded for being a good athlete. Christine stays with her mother who is unemployed and is unable to do heavy chores due to the injury she got on her spinal cord during the accident they were involved in. The father disappeared soon after the accident abandoning both Christine and the mother at the hospital. The younger siblings were abandoned in a rental house with no one to take care of them. They were later taken in by neighbors and good Samaritans. They incurred a huge hospital bill with no one to pay. The maternal family sold a few animals they had to raise the money to offset the bill but it was not enough. Eventually, the government through the hospital social worker waived the cost and they were discharged after 2 years in hospital. This situation makes it hard for the family of five to have basic needs like food, shelter and education.

Christine at home with the family

With the support from Fadhili Trust, she joined Thika school for the disabled in 2015 for her high school where she scored C-. Christine is currently training as an ECD teacher majoring in special education at PCEA Rubate teachers training college-Chuka. She is in her first year and hoping to change the living standards of her family being the first born.

Vallery Achieng

Vallary is the third born in a family of eight. The father passed on many years ago when she was still young. Her mother is a cobbler in Ongata Rongai. The income that the mother gets from the business is hardly enough for food leave alone other basic needs. This makes it hard for the family to make ends meet in terms of paying rent, school fee and other basic needs.

Fadhili met the family in 2009 during one of the home-based care visits to patients living with chronic illnesses. The family was living in a single room house which was meant to be a land caretaker’s house as the owner of the land was not staying within. The room was tiny, very squeezed and could not fit them at night. This then meant the mother would have to share the bed with two girls, then the other two girls-who are twins would sleep under the bed, one brother, Brian on the couch and the two elder boys would sleep in the unfinished house that had no roof. During rainy seasons, they would cover their room with a polythene paper and sleep. They endured all these since they could not afford rent in a better house. A well-wisher came to their aid and rented a better place of three rooms for them. Later when the well-wishers were unable to pay due to financial constraints, Fadhili begun supporting them in paying the rent and school fee for the children.

Vallary (squatting)and siblings in their current home

Vallary’s mother on previous home-one room


Due to the challenges of food, shelter and other basic needs, Fadhili took Vallary and her four siblings to a government boarding primary school so that they could get regular meals, shelter as well as education. This move helped to relieve the mother a little bit. Meanwhile the eldest was also catered for in high school.

Vallary has been working hard in school despite the challenges at home. She was the best in the  national primary exam in her school (KCPE) having score 396 marks out of 500 marks in 2016. She was called to Limuru Girls High school which is a national government school based in Kiambu county where she finished her form four in 2021 April (would be 2020 if not for covid 19). She scored a B- in the final exams expecting to join university in September 2021 with hopes of improving their livelihoods.