We met Lydia during a visit to Murang'a, Kenya. The first thing you notice about her is her radiant smile, which acted as a beacon through the morning fog during our tour of her family's farm.
After introducing us to the cows, chickens and goats, Lydia guided us on a tour of her family's large plot of land. She is considered one of the more successful farmers in her community thanks to an irrigation system built from pipes that she individually collected and transported by hand over the period of a year. She uses the extensive system to bring water from a nearby stream to her fields.
When Lydia needs fertilizer, seed or grain, she buys only what she can carry on her head or, if she's fortunate to have enough money to ride in a 'matatu' (a local bus), she fits more on her lap. When it's time to sell milk produced by the family's cow, Lydia takes whatever price is offered by the broker who visits the farm by truck. She has no other means to get the milk to the market, where it would fetch a fair price.
What's most impressive about Lydia is her spirit. One thing is clear: with the right tools and resources, there is no limit to what she can accomplish. With your financial support, Worldbike is able to deliver bicycles to people like Lydia throughout East Africa and help power sustainable economic development in regions that need it most. support our work >