“I was a nomad. I used to have goats and cattle, but the drought killed them . I decided to settle in Jaijai – in northern Kenya. That is when I thought of becoming farmer.”
In Jaijai, Sadiiq took part in an Oxfam resilience programme training him on farming. He and the other participants were also supported in forming a cooperative.
A father of six, Sadiiq juggles his time between his farm and his few goats. And he can be proud of his achievements. “This is a very good project. What it brought us is new to the county. We will soon have enough fodder to supply to nearby sub-counties like Tarbaj and Sarman, which will in turn double our sales.
My life before and now is different. What I learned is very important, more than anything else. With the surplus fodder, I am able to feed my goats. I knew how to take my livestock for grazing, but I never knew how-to store grass for them.
Everyone in Wajir is now praising the farming going on in Jaijai. It has helped us to be resilient no matter the situation.”
Photo: Benson Guantai/Oxfam
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