Wikwatyo wa Mativo SHG does it again!
A fullfilled dream!!
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A dream does not become a reality through magic, it takes sweat, determination and hard work.

George David Kyongo,68, is a farmer in Katuma Village, Kitui County. He is a father of five children who are all grown up but is currently raising four orphans with whom he stays with at his home. He always had a dream of farming in his home area but it was unachievable due to lack of water.

“I really wanted to plant vegetables in my farm, I tried to dig a well along the river by myself. I had even bought pipes that I would connect underground from the well to my farm but my efforts were futile.” He says.

Fortunately, he heard of Africa Sand Dam Foundation from a neighboring community and he had a mission new mission of bringing them to his community. He made the efforts to consult the organization and shared the troubles he encountered in his quest to search for water.

“I was recommended to find a group of people whom we can be working with. I did not waste any time. I gathered a few people from my area and we formed a self-help group. We were 32 people in total.” He narrates.

In 2014, Wikwatyo wa Mativo Self-help group was born; they registered the group and also licensed it through the social services. The group began the processes of the dam construction such as collecting stones and sourcing for sand. They started their dam construction in 2015.In two months’ time, they were done with the dam construction. Currently the group has managed to build two sand dams in their area.

“We had set many goals as a group and we were not certain we would achieve them all. However, with the support of the Field Officer in charge of our area, we were trained on several topics such as how to plant vegetables in our farms. We purchased a piece of land where we would be planting vegetables and selling them. Through the water we acquired from the sand dam this was very feasible. We worked extra hard and now each member has vegetables in their farms and as a group we managed to buy equipment such as water pumps to generate water to our farms.” George says.

To date, George has a big farm with all the crops he wanted to plant a few years back; maize, beans, kales, tomatoes and also fruits such as mangoes and bananas.

“I have managed to pay school fees for my children being that one is in university, two in secondary school and one is in primary school. I cater for all their expenses and also feed them through the maize and kales I have in my farm. This water has really changed my life. We also sell water at a low cost to the neighboring community members. I am very grateful for the sand dam that we managed to construct because life has changed for the better.” George states proudly.  

A dream does not become a reality through magic, it takes sweat, determination and hard work.

A dream does not become a reality through magic, it takes sweat, determination and hard work.
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