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Small Sips #21: Stories of Hope and Change - Meet Wangari Kuria

"My greatest reward comes from working day in and day out in my farm, with other single mothers from my community, to empower them to go and start their own commercial ventures, to lead economically empowered lives." -- Wangari Kuria, Founder and CEO of Farmer on Fire

Each year Global Citizen awards prizes to changemakers who are taking action to end poverty in their own communities and foster social change around the globe. One of this year's prize winners is a remarkable young entrepreneur from Kenya, Wangari Kuria. Wangari has been recognized for her dedication to social justice, environmentalism, and her work empowering women farmers through the organization she has founded, Farmer on Fire. Farmer on Fire came about because Wangari couldn't understand why, despite Kenya having wonderfully rich natural resources, many people are still facing hunger. Through Farmer on Fire, she and her team work to tackle food insecurity through capacity-building for small-holder farmers across Africa. Farmer on Fire's focus is to empower women in agriculture through access to information, training in farming techniques, and entrepreneurial skills development.

Click here to read more about Wangari Kuria and her organization Farmer on Fire.

Dig Deeper...

  • This Inspiring Smallholder Farmer Is Tackling Period Poverty in Kenya  -- Read this article to learn about a new partnership between Farmer on Fire, Global Citizen, and to address "period poverty" in Kenya by supplying 500 pairs of period underwear to girls in Mwakwaboki Primary School, labourers at the Nduti Tea Factory in Muranga County, and low-income households in Kitengela, Kenya. “Our efforts have helped female farmers shun period poverty and ensure that they don't miss a day of work just because they are women.” -- Wangari Kuria.  And to learn more about the serious human rights issue of "period poverty", click here.
  • Explore the Farmer on Fire website.  There's lots there to dig into!


[This is the twenty-first installment in GRAN's Small Sips series on The Right to Food.]