Growing up in Eastern Kenya, Malumani village, 34 year old Kamuti was raised by his grandmother who told him that it's only agriculture that can sustain a man and his family. Taking this advice to heart, he worked hard to buy a small plot of land where he lives today with his wife and four children (3 girls, Caroline 11yrs, John 9yrs, Martha 7yrs and Mary 5 years).
Together with his wife and children, they practice agriculture on this small piece of land. They keep a diary cow and two goats for milk. They also practice horticulture growing spinach, tomatoes, watermelon and kales.
Kamuti says his family is happy. “My children are able to get a balanced diet and have enough to eat. I sell the extra food and milk to my neighbors and to a nearby school for extra income for my other household necessities,” narrates Kamuti.
Kamuti also owns two bulls, which he loans to his neighbors because his land is not enough to accommodate and feed them. He bought the bulls with a loan he acquired from VisionFund.
Kamuti belongs to the ‘Sweat is sweet’ youth group comprising of 37 members (17 male, 15 female). Just like Kamuti, members of this group practice agriculture and horticulture. They also run a loan scheme for their group. Kamuti is determined to work through the group to reach out to more youth in his area and encourage them start up agriculture. He wants to see his business expand, increase production and sell to other towns.