Business Daily LogoYouths fight poverty with sweet potato venture, January 2014

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“Undeterred by unemployment and poverty, a Kakamega County youth group has ventured into the extraction of juice from yellow potatoes.
The youths have been eking out a livelihood from unyielding soils, which can no longer support food production after being put under sugarcane farming for nearly three decades. The Matungu Development Charity, a community based organisation, decided to shift from cultivating sugarcane to tending and adding value to sweet potatoes as a way of creating employment and fighting poverty. Members of the group plant sweet potatoes on leased land. In Kakamega County, sweet potatoes supplement maize and beans as food in homes. Another youth group in Ikolomani constituency has ventured into making soap from sweet potatoes. Mukomari Youth Bunge has started making soap from the yellow variety of sweet potatoes.”

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