DMRP II Project started in August 2014 and will run till July 2015. The Project is being implemented in Tigithi Location, Laikipia East Sub-County in Laikipia County. Caritas Nyeri is implementing the project with support from Caritas Germany.
The aim of the project is to assist members of 500 households who are poor and vulnerable to build resilience to frequent drought by mobilizing them to adopt practical drought mitigation and adaptation initiatives.
The project which is in its second year in the Tigithi location has brought forth the following positive changes in the lives of project beneficiaries:
Beatrice Wanjiras’ Story.
Beatrice Wanjira is 44 years, and a resident of Reli village moved from Mathakwaini village Nyeri County to Laikipia in 2012 as a consequence of land pressure. The land available had become uneconomical to farm and feed her family of 8 members. She has six children of whom the youngest is 3 years old. When she moved to Reli village, she had very high hopes of making it due to the fact that the land was large (2 acres) hence she could plant and feed her family. As the years progressed her hopes waned due to the fact that the maize and beans she planted kept on drying up due to frequent droughts affecting the area.
Beatrice reports that after the DRR project she had her life transformed. After she was provided with a drip kit, she got into vegetable growing at her kitchen garden using water harvested from her roof trapped in a 2,300 litres capacity plastic water tank to feed her family. After consuming her share with her family, she sold vegetables to neighbours and customers from different corners of the project area amounting to Ksh 3,000. From seeds of drought tolerant crops provided by the project, she harvested 8kgs of B9 beans, 4kgs of cowpeas and 5kgs of Dolichos.
She consumes the crops while green as she ensures that she puts other portions of realized produce under safe storage as seed for planting in the following seasons. She says that previously she used to lack food to feed her children but since the project’s crop production initiatives, she has something to feed them. From the interventions made by the project Ms. Wanjira’s household has achieved a level of food security which will continue improving as she up scales on activities that were introduced under the project.
She was ranked second overall best project performer in a farm competition sponsored by the DRR project and she was awarded Ksh. 15,000. She plans to have 0.25 acres under drip irrigation and has already bought drip lines to make this possible. This is an upscale to the 100M2 kitchen garden initiated by the project. Part of the money that she saved from the sale of produce and the cash received after winning a prize were used to purchase a dairy goat as well as for buying materials for fencing her homestead.
She is really grateful to Caritas Nyeri for all the interventions that have restored her hopes in life after gaining confidence in her farming occupation as she states that it is possible to eradicate poverty and hunger if every community member will get fully involved in deliberate food production initiatives.
She asks ‘If I can be in a position to raise vegetables for my family consumption and afford a marketable surplus that is sold to people coming from as far as Mirera market, why should it be impossible for other project beneficiaries to do this if not even better?’