Mentor Mothers: Millicent
In 2017, DIG launched a new program site in Homa Bay County in partnership with Agriculture Implementation Support Services (AGRISS), Marindi Hospital, and the Ministry of Agriculture to improve nutrition status, income generation, and food security of vulnerable populations. After 6 months of working with the hospital on the Priority Household Program for severely malnourished under 5 year olds and community groups through our Mobile Farmer Field School, it became clear that DIG needed more trainers.
Honoring our core values of local empowerment and gender equity, DIG started a training program called Mentor Mothers. Working with three of the star women Mobile Farmer Field School graduates, we are building their capacity as local facilitators and resource support for women in their community. We are pleased to introduce you to one of the three Mentor Mothers, Millicent Anyango.
Millicent is 27 years old, born in Siaya County in Kenya. She completed her primary education but forced to drop out of secondary in her second year because her parents could not afford to pay for her education. She later went to a Naivasha town to work as a house help and got married to her husband in 2006. Millicent has five children; her three youngest daughters all suffer from physical disabilities. Millicent joined DIG farmer field school in 2017 when DIG started to work in Homa Bay County; she was most interested in the income generation aspects of the training, she considered farming as her major source of income despite having tried planting vegetables on her own but making very little profit. During the DIG training she was studious in learning how to plant variety of vegetables, use sustainable agriculture techniques and farming as a business. In the first season (first six months) of this year Millicent made around 3000 KSH ($30) every month from sale of kales and onions from her farm. She's excited to continue to grow her own farming business and will no doubt succeed.
She is delighted to work with DIG because she wants to share a message of hope with other women like her.