Benson WACHIRA Kiongo,40 and his wife Alice Njeri, 37. They have 1 child daughter ZIPPORAH Wairimu, 19 who is away at school. They own and farm 3 acres which has 3 cows, 1 male goat, 50 chicken with around 40 chicks. Benson uses a Samsung phone for MPESA buying and selling of his produce. He sells macadamia nuts, yams, tree tomatoes and bananas, and coffee around 20kg a week. They live with brother of Benson and his wife and daughter Gloria.
“When the rains comes I’ll plant maize. I’m digging my fields now” says Benson.
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.