Meet Caroline Gathigia Murange, a tenacious force of change in the heart of Kajiado South, Kenya. At 28 years old, armed with a BSc in Agriculture and Human Ecology Extension from Egerton University, Caroline defied the odds. She turned her education and unwavering determination into a beacon of hope for her community.
Caroline’s remarkable journey from unemployment to agricultural excellence is a testament to the transformative power of education, relentless perseverance, and the unwavering support of her community.
Challenges on the Horizon
Despite her impressive qualifications, Caroline faced a daunting challenge – securing stable employment. Faced with the responsibility of providing for her two young children, she turned to small-scale farming. However, the meager yields and minimal returns left her yearning for more.
“ I have a degree from a recognized institution and experience in my field of study, but no job. Will my life always be about survival? I want more, and I will get that more!” With that in mind, Caroline started searching for an opportunity to grow. And it wasn’t long before an opportunity presented itself.
Discovery of Wezesha
Intrigued by the possibilities, she joined Cohort 1 in November 2022, embarking on a transformative journey.
Proactivity and Learning:
Caroline’s proactiveness and eagerness to learn didn’t go unnoticed.
She was invited to work as a casual laborer at the Wezesha demo farm, where she had the opportunity to learn from agricultural extension experts, aligning with her area of interest.
The program expanded her network, connecting her with agricultural field officers from the Ministry of Agriculture and other agri-sectors.
A New Opportunity
Caroline’s dedication and diligence were soon rewarded. She caught the eye of one of Wezesha’s agricultural input suppliers, Agropeat International. Impressed by her work and interaction at Wezesha, they offered her a field officer position in April. Agropeat International specializes in bio-organic fertilizers.
As a field officer, Caroline manages a demo plot at the Wezesha farm, showcasing Agropeat International’s bio-organic fertilizers.
She also conducts training sessions for farmers visiting the farm, educating them about the benefits of bio-organic fertilizers and how to use them effectively.
Caroline is now applying the skills and knowledge she gained at Wezesha to mentor and train Cohort 2 farmers.
A Beacon of Empowerment
With her newfound employment, Caroline earns a respectable income to support her family and fulfill her passion for agriculture while serving her rural community in Kajiado South. She has become a beacon of empowerment, demonstrating that individuals like Caroline can create positive change and foster sustainable farming practices with determination and the right opportunities.
Caroline’s journey from unemployment to empowerment is a testament to the transformative potential of education, hard work, and community support. Her impact on the agricultural landscape of Kajiado South is inspiring and far-reaching.