Rose Adera (34) lives in Busia County, Kenya with her four children aged between 6 and 16. She is a member of a widows group started in 2007 with six members and currently grouping 32 members, 2 of which are male.
The group was set up so that its members could support each other in buying small household items.
Before receiving support, Rose could not afford three meals a day, her average income was KSH200 a month and she lived in a very dilapidated house. These living conditions exposed her children to ill health.
Since 2011, Gorta's partner organisation in Busia County ARDAP has been working with Rose’s group through the support of Gorta. ARDAP’s activities have focused on improving living standard for the widows and their family and in particular they have looked at production, harvesting, and preservation of indigenous vegetables.
The cultivation of indigenous vegetables has been proved successful as they grow faster, are less affected by pesticides, and are more nutritious. With a particular focus on nutrition ARDAP has also trained the group in how to cook the vegetable so to not lose the nutrients and to serve an appropriate, nutrient, balanced meal.
After engagement with the project, Rose established a garden of 15 standard beds, learned marketing skills, improved cooking diets and now saves up to KSH1200 per month through the widows’ group.
The indigenous vegetables have also sold well at market allowing Rose to pay for her children school uniform and fees and to buy a goat and some poultry.
Rose until early this year was leaving in a mud house with a leaking thatched roof that was causing damage to her household’s items, food and health. With support from the group, she has moved from a grass thatched house to an iron sheet roofed house. In 2013 with the income raised from her selling vegetables she has also been able to contribute with 10 iron sheets to the new house.
Now Rose has better standard of living in her new house allowing her and her children privacy and security.
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