Emily Auma Oloo, Pawpaw Farming for Improved Livelihood for Poor Farmers

Date grant awarded: June 27, 2016

In both Kenya and Uganda, most support is provided to male farmers. A farmer by trade, East African Hub Team Leader, Vincent Atitwa feels honored to give his first flow fund to fellow farmer Emily Auma Oloo. Being able to support Emily, who cannot read or write, is a great privilege for Vincent.

Emily’s love for the environment and farming can be traced back to the tender age of eight years old, living in the flood prone village of Port Victoria in Budalangi, Kenya. Her late grandmother was her biggest influence as she grew up, and she is following in her footsteps by loving and caring for the environment.

Pawpaw farmers in Kenya are working hard to increase their yield to produce enough to fill the country’s huge deficit, enabling farmers to earn huge returns. Believing that this is where the future of farming rests, Emily decided to concentrate on the production of fruits, specifically targeting Pawpaw farming to help increase the income of women around her village. Pawpaw farming also helps farmers and the community at large benefit from nutrients found in its juices and seeds, improving the health and living standards of people in the community.

Vincent’s flow fund help Emily strengthen her farming activities by acquiring the needed tools, seeds, and transportation crates to be successful.