Last month, I went on a business trip to Nyeri County. Several members of Alphajiri have stationed since September to establish garlic distribution channel.

I had delegated all the jobs to our members and had never visited there for these months, but I appreciated their efforts during my absence. At the same time, I found out points for improvement and the future direction.

Garlic produced in Nyeri goes to urban vegetable markets

I assume that household income in the rural part of Nyeri County is averagely 3 times of that of Migori County. There are 3 reasons for that;

1. Higher own investment to farm inputs and irrigation because of their business oriented mind
2. Various commercial crops
3. Environmental factors: close to water resources and large cities

So, earning more money means that the farmers do not have any problems? It is not. For example, in Embaringo village, 1,000 households draw water to their homestead by piping from upper stream of the river. However, the more households have enjoyed the water, the less water each household have been able to enjoy, and in the dry season each can get only 400 liters per week. That means they sometimes are even in trouble for domestic use rather than farm use.

Even if they try to gather rain, it requires a tank costing more than USD 1,000 and a water pump, which is still hard for many households from the current agricultural income.

And more interestingly, having higher income doesn't mean they have higher level of education. The majority of population in Nyeri County is Kikuyu tribe, and they have a deep-rooted belief that earning money is supreme rather than education. They invest their earnings for children more to learn to do agriculture or other business than to go to school. And nonetheless, it is also true that their earnings are not very sufficient for covering all the school fees.

On the other hand, the majority of population in Migori County is Luo tribe. They have a strong belief in education rather than business, so despite very low income, the parents somehow manage to make their children go to school, by assembling donations and relatives' money. Because Migori farmers do not get stable income from agriculture, or in a sense they are not diligent enough, I assume that their dropout rate from secondary school is higher than Nyeri County.

So, which has higher rate of secondary school enrollment? There is not so much difference. In both counties, the areas where their policies are behind have less than 50% of the enrollment rate, and better areas have around 70%. Which means it seems both counties have the range of 40 to 70% depending on the areas.

In my opinion, getting knowledge and becoming good at making money are both necessary for independence. Lack of either ability will hinder them to make any choices they want in life.

Also, people in the both counties are too short-sighted to truly consider the meaning of going to school and earning money as to make their and their families' future better. Their consciousness of life is majorly based in the present. Although it is not a bad thing, I believe that it is still far from the true meaning of independence. It is because I define independence as to be the bearers of the future. Those who live only for the present will easily become at the mercy of the developing others and society, which I believe is the unhappiest thing as humans.

In order to make the ideal society for Alphajiri, there are many deep-rooted challenges in both counties. I clarified the challenges better at this business trip, so I am now trying to come up with ideas for overcoming them.

Although garlic production is popular in Nyeri, there is no organization like Alphajiri which guarantees purchase of the crop.

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収入が高ければ、進学率も高いか?ーケニア・ミゴリ郡とニエリ郡の比較 〜アルファジリの歩む道 Vol.4〜






1. とにかく農家の「稼ぎたい」マインドが高いため、農業資材・灌漑等への自己投資が高い
2. 商品作物の多様性
3. 環境要因:都会に近く、水源に近い








Vol.1: 貧困と無知に打ち勝つ「ちから」
Vol.2: 「もう少し勉強をしたい」を叶えるアルファジリ流の学校とは?
□Vol.3: 正しい自信と努力によって、自力で貧困を乗り越えられる農家集団をつくる

アルファジリがケニア農村を変える ~Alphajiri(アルファジリ)現地インターンの学び(9)~
ケニアの農村で働く、ということ ~Alphajiri(アルファジリ)現地インターンの学び(8)~
サファリが広がる農業盛んなIT新興国!? ~Alphajiri(アルファジリ)現地インターンの学び(7)~
「そうだ、 ケニア、行こう。」~Alphajiri(アルファジリ)現地インターンの学び(6)~


ケニア農家の貧困問題解決に挑む インターンシップ募集