- Mathematics, University of Nairobi, graduated 2014
- Women and Girls Empowerment Project: Water for agriculture and poultry raising
- Mentor: Catherine Kaimenyi
Jemimah Peters was the second born of six children. She was brought up entirely by her mother. During her early school years, Jemimah had to take on casual farm jobs to help earn money for her school fees. This was often very difficult for a young child of 9 or 10 years old to work in the fields besides going to school. Because she did so well on her primary school final exam, Jemimah was given a scholarship to secondary school by a local education support foundation. Her project involves enhancing food security through raising vegetables and helping women and adolescent girls secure an income. One day she wishes to open an orphanage to help alleviate suffering of the children in her area. Jemimah says, “My purpose in life is to be the positive change I wish to see in my family and the society at large.”
Jemimah’s community suffers from lack of water due to prolonged drought (see some of women’s group members at left). Despite the lack of water, her community has made some progress in vegetable farming raising sukuma wiki & tomatoes (160 sukuma wiki crops and around 260 tomato crops).
Their goal is to develop a sustainable method for increased access to water to encourage development of other activities like irrigation farming in the community.