By: Nicki Massie

Atandi Wilkister is a small-scale farmer who lives in the Rachuonyo South District in Western Kenya.

Life has been challenging for Atandi, especially because she was left alone to run her farm and raise her children many years ago. For a long time, she struggled to make a living from her land and finally decided to grow coffee to try to make things better.

Coffee is a cash crop in this region. It has the potential to earn farmers good income if they can produce high quality coffee that meets international buying standards. The problem was that Atandi and other farmers in her cooperative (called APOKO) weren’t producing sufficient amounts of good quality coffee. They also lacked good markets in which to sell their coffee.

That all changed thanks to bold women like you, who support bold women farmers like Atandi with training, equipment and support to improve their agricultural livelihoods.

With training, Atandi and nearly 6,000 other farmers have learned important agricultural methods, such as pruning their trees so that the coffee cherries don’t spoil on the tree. They’ve also learned about weeding and fertilizer use.

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