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Kagondu Njagi

With 'worm juice,' Kenya's farmers boost their soil - and harvests

Sep 14 2018

NDABIBI, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Stooped over a large plastic drum at his farm in southwestern Kenya, Josphat Macharia scoops up a handful of dirt and examines the worms writhing in his grip.

FEATURE-Property boom in rural Kenya creates 'poor millionaires'

Sep 10 2018

NDAGANI, Kenya, Sept 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A few years ago, Charles Kirimi lived comfortably in central Kenya, with his own house and car. These days, he sleeps on the streets and scrapes by on coins from bus drivers who pay him to bring them passengers.

Milking it: solar coolers heat up earnings for Kenya's dairy farmers

Aug 29 2018

KIBUMBU, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Four years ago, Njeru Kamuru nearly quit dairy farming. But when he learned that a solar-powered milk-cooling plant was to be built in his Kenyan village, he changed his mind.

When bits meet bites: Kenya's farm-to-fork online delivery cuts waste, boosts earnings

Aug 09 2018

NAIROBI, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When two university students knocked on the door of Lillian Kanari's organic food shop five years ago seeking work, she realized their web design skills could help her business solve one of its most intractable problems: food waste.

FEATURE-Plastic ban raises hopes for Kenya's sisal farmers

Jun 21 2018

KIBWEZI, Kenya, June 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - K enyan farmer Sam Mung'ala once struggled to feed his family by growing cowpeas and sorghum. These days he is betting on a new type of merchandise: shopping bags.

Nairobi looks for new water to ease its growing thirst

Jun 12 2018

ONDIRI, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When last year's prolonged drought saw the water supply to Damaris Kiarie's Nairobi home rationed, she decided her best bet was to buy water from a local vendor.

Land shortages drive conflict over Kenya's wetlands

May 02 2018

CHUKA, Kenya(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Phyllis Mugeni was watering her greens when she spotted a dozen armed men advancing from the lowlands to attack farmers working on the banks of the River Naka in the foothills of Mount Kenya.

Rural Kenyans beat rising heat with mud-brick homes

Apr 23 2018

KIVOO, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Perched on a dirt tower on the edge of a bog in Kivoo village, eastern Kenya, Erastus Njiru applies finishing layers of mud to a pile of bricks.

In traffic-tied Nairobi, the way forward may be on foot

Apr 06 2018

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - It is dawn along the Waiyaki Way highway on the northwest side of Nairobi, but road into town is already packed with traffic of every stripe.

As slums face heat extremes, 'I feel really scared,' residents say

Jan 12 2018

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - At Mathari Hospital, flanking Nairobi’s Mathare slum, a grandmother waits in line to see a doctor, struggling to calm the crying baby in her arms.

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