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Armed with phones and seeds, jobless Kenyans tackle illegal logging

Apr 15 2021

KWALE, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Standing under a thick green canopy in coastal Kenya's Shim Hills, Mohamed Mwaramuno squints at his fellow forest ranger's smartphone.

Solar lights help Kenyan women escape sex-for-fish trap

Mar 16 2021

KENDU BAY, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mary Achieng' sifted through her catch of silver cyprinid fish, sorting them into gunny sacks and carrying them to the weighing stand at Kogwang' Beach, on the Kenyan shore of Lake Victoria.

Smart weather app helps Kenya's herders brace for drought

Feb 16 2021

MERILLE, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sitting under a low tree to escape the blazing Kenyan sun, Kaltuma Milkalkona and two young men hunch intently over the older woman's smartphone - but they are not transfixed by the latest sports scores or a trending internet meme.

FEATURE-Kenya slum dwellers battle COVID-19 downturn with virtual currency

Jan 19 2021

NAIROBI, Jan 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sitting on a low bench at her shop in a Nairobi slum, Grace Wangari sifted through a handful of grains that a waiting customer had just ordered.

Kenyan farmers and young guides enlisted to protect city forests

Nov 30 2020

KARINDE, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Peter Wainana remembers when the forest near his home outside Kenya's capital, Nairobi, was so thick with trees and vegetation it was difficult to walk through.

Coronavirus pandemic sparks surge in firewood use in rural Kenya

Nov 11 2020

NKUTHIKA, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After selling another bundle of firewood to his latest customer, Augustinoa Kinyua whistled as he made his way back to the spot where he had been preparing his field for planting.

Military demand for land puts northern Kenya's farmers on edge

Sep 16 2020

KARARE, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Lechodede Lbang'a has managed to keep farming for more than 40 years, even through northern Kenya's worsening drought, but now he worries that his main source of income faces a threat more immediate than climate change: the military.

Weather alerts at risk as Kenya's radio stations struggle amid virus downturn

Aug 06 2020

KANGEMA, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In these hills a two-hour drive north of Nairobi, the weather can shift quickly and sometimes violently, as recent landslides along the winding highway make clear.

Solar keeps lights, phones on for rural Kenyans during pandemic blackouts

Jul 23 2020

GAKUNGA, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Lucyline Wanja Silas installed a 12-volt solar power unit at her home to help her children study at night, little did she know it would become essential to her and her neighbours in Gakunga village, central Kenya, during the coronavirus pandemic.

Land rights battle inches Kenyan rice farmers closer to title deeds

Jul 21 2020

NGURUBANI, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Wilson Kariuki's three younger children finish high school, the Kenyan rice farmer will not have to worry about paying to send them to a university far from home, as he did with his two eldest.

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