Alice Gathoni, age 18, who runs three family farms in total, 2 at one acre each and this one on which they live at half an acre. Alice grows bananas and plantains, arrow roots, spinach, beans and Irish potatoes. Alice also keeps 6 chickens for eggs, 1 cow and 2 goats. Alice uses a old model Nokia phone to call and send message with neighbours and friends when she needs to discuss selling vegetables and eggs which she does door-to-door. Alice says she doesn’t want to be on Facebook she likes to keep her life private. Alice lives with her mother Edith Wangari, her grandmother Alice Gathoni, and her sister Mary Nyaguthie, 16.
These images are to accompany research being conducted by Research Solutions Africa for Mercy Corps’s AgriFin Mobile and AgriFin Accelerate programs, a 6 year %25 million initiative funded by the MasterCard Foundation working in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia. The aim of the programs is to support the expansion of digital financial services (DFS) to 1 million farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) over 6 years, delivered by growing ecosystems of diverse service providers. AgriFin Accelerate’s primary target group is unbanked smallholder farmers living on less than $2/day.