In Summary
  • Gaciongo is an example of the proverbial king who is never respected at home.
  • The women, mostly aged 60 and above, say they felt their energy was wearing away as they could barely till land in the semi-arid region.
  • To make sack farms, the women dig up soil, refine it by sieving, add manure to it and thoroughly mix it.
  • The women mill fortified flour that is rich in nutrients.

The blazing sun welcomes us to Gaciongo village in Marimanti Location, Tharaka-Nithi County.

Farming in this area is difficult as sun “cooks up” vegetation though acacia and baobab thrive.

Gaciongo is an example of the proverbial king who is never respected at home.

Members of Tharaka Green Gold group have made a mark in and outside Africa through their unique products but little is known about them in Kenya and their county.

The group grows vegetables in sacks, practices basketry and makes jewellery using local material.

The women, mostly aged 60 and above, say they felt their energy was wearing away as they could barely till land in the semi-arid region. Sack farming was a welcome relief.

“The initial cost was low and the sacks could be carried from one place to another. This this ensured a stable supply of vegetables in our homes. The excess was harvested, solar dried, preserved and sold on order,” said Esther Mbaabu, a member of the group.

“The vegetables have a shelf life of up to a year.”

To make sack farms, the women dig up soil, refine it by sieving, add manure to it and thoroughly mix it.

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