Before the Domestic Markets Regional Programme implemented by Farm Concern International and funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation intervention, Esther a mother of 5 would grow exotic vegetables and sell the produce to brokers who sourced at farm gate. She would make average annual sales of Kshs. 60,000 due to the exploitation by middlemen who took advantage of her desperation to sell at a lower price. She later joined Kabunge Commercial Village and began selling her produce to Uchumi supermarkets through FCI linkage.
Esther now makes an average of Kshs. 144,000 annually, a 140% increase from the previous Ksh. 60,000. The income has enabled her to buy a sprinkler for irrigating her farm, pay school fees for her children as well as meet other family needs.
Due to the profitability of the farm enterprise, her husband has joined her in the agribusiness venture. The family is now able to save at the individual and Commercial Village level and plans to buy a piece of land.
FCI VISION : Commercialized smallholder communities with increased incomes for improved, stabilized & sustainable livelihoods in Africa and beyond