She is a member of the Pokot People and works hard on her one-acre farm to support her family. She sells the crops she harvests in the local market.
Her maize crops were dying due to drought, and the extra money she earned from selling what little maize she grew in the market was not enough. Her family needed another option to survive.
With you by our side, MADRE and our local grassroots partners support struggling women farmers. We install clean water tanks in communities. And we train women farmers in ways to adapt to climate change and to survive drought.
We also bring women like Hellen and Sylvia together for community exchanges. Your generosity helps give them an opportunity to visit each other, share ideas on how to raise money for their families, and learn new strategies to build peace together.
In addition to farming fruits and vegetables, Hellen started a poultry farm.
When she needs extra money, she sells her chickens in the market. It helps her to put food on her table, pay school fees, and care for her children — and your support with equipment for her farm helped make it possible.
One short month later, Sylvia’s farm is up and running back in Ololulunga!
Already, she’s earned extra money by selling eggs in the local market and has raised enough money to pay for her children’s school fees!
Through your support of MADRE, women like Hellen and Sylvia learn life-sustaining strategies from each other.
“When I started my home, I started with empty hands, with nothing. But now, I have a farm, I have food, and all my girls are in school. I’m proud of my children. And I am proud of my hands that work hard to make something.” - Paulina, West Pokot, Kenya
Christine from West Pokot shows off her new energy-efficient jiko stove, provided with MADRE support! It’s an updated Indigenous design that uses 80% less wood.
MADRE and the Indigenous Information Network, our on-the-ground partners, just delivered 30 clean water storage tanks to farming communities in the Transmara region of Kenya. With these clean water tanks, women farmers will be able to store clean drinking water for their families through drought.
The Indigenous Information Network (IIN) is a women-led organization that connects Indigenous Peoples, sustains their communities and strengthens their demands for human rights.
Climate change is a global crisis that threatens the survival of humanity. While it affects us all, poor and rural women are hardest hit by food shortages, droughts, floods and disease linked to climate change. But they are more than victims.