Teresiah Wangari, a single parent, developed a passion for farming after the post-election violence of 2007/2008. She was trading in Cereals and later switched on to selling timber in Koibatek District. She says she did not consider farming as a profitable business option then.
With very little to do in Mawingu camp in 2009. Teresiah decided to try farming. She rented quarter acre of land in the neighborhood and planted maize, beans, potatoes. The production of the crops especially maize motivated her when she harvested 7 bags of maize.
When she was allocated her ¼ acre homestead and 2 acrea in the main field in Shalom Canaan, Wiyumirie location in Laikipia County. She immediately embarked on tilling her land using a Jembe. She planted maize on the ½ acre but what she did not realize was, she come from a different climatical zone with less challenges. On studying the situation she decided to plant potatoes. Using 36kgs of seeds she carried from Mawingu, she managed to increase the acreage under potatoes.
She says, before caritas Nyeri partnering with Caritas Germany came for intervention on recovery project in Shalom Canaan, she had minimum options of crops to grow. When the idea of farming the drought escaping crops was flouted, she quickly embraced the idea.
Today Teresiah is the leading farmer in Shalom Canaan who has benefited from the drought escaping crops.
With the sale of produce in her land she is able to pay school fees for her children one in college and the other in secondary school. She has also managed to expand the acreage on cultivation.
She points out that marketing is a challenge due to exploitation by middle men. She proposes a formation of a marketing group in shalom Canaan