Jane spoke to me with such gratitude because Ripple Effect gives her, and everyone in her group, real hope. Through another successful family farmer who had worked with the charity, she had been passed on a cow, and had lots of different fruit and vegetables growing such as kale, spinach, spring onions, bananas and paw paws. Jane showed me great examples of mandala and keyhole gardens, which are boosting nutrition.
Louisa Handley, during her trip to Western Kenya
I was also fortunate to meet with; many nutrition support groups, a group management committee, a community water council, government nutritionists from the Ministry of Health, peer farmer trainers, community health volunteers and visit local food markets. These experiences during my month in Kenya really helped me to understand nutrition from different angles.
Even though the Ripple Effect project has only been running for 18 months, I can already clearly see the impact. All of the groups were aware of the importance of nutrition, and many already knew about the Kenyan food pyramid and the benefits of a balanced diet.
Elizabeth, one of the other members of the same self-help group, proudly showed me her “Victorious” products she sells: delicious peanut butter, sesame butter and flour. She named her business “Victorious”, as this was how she felt upon starting her own enterprise.