Send a Cow | Francis and his wife Josephine standing in their farm

Josephine Nasambu

Josephine lives with her husband, Francis, and their seven children in Kenya.

Tobacco was a popular crop for many farmers in Josephine's community, until one of the large companies moved out, leaving farmers with a crop they couldn’t eat and struggled to sell.

‘‘I used to be a tobacco farmer but I was very poor. We were getting nothing from it.’’

Today, Josephine and Francis make their living from growing vegetables and selling the produce from their dairy goats and chickens which they received from Send a Cow. The only reminder they have of tobacco is the small mud hut which they once used to store and treat it. Now, when they look at it, it is filled with ‘bad memories’ and reminds them of a period in their life they’d rather forget.

‘We don’t grow tobacco anymore. We’ve left that behind.’

Thanks to Send a Cow training, Josephine is now growing a wide variety of food crops including kale, groundnuts, beans, tomatoes and fruits. Her favourite things to eat from the farm are mangoes and papayas. Last year the family made from selling mangoes to pay for their children’s school fees.

The family used to live in a small mud-walled hut with a thatched roof. Nowadays they use that building for storage. They spend most of their time in a bigger, sturdier, more comfortable house, which Francis built himself, using the money made from his farm.

Inside their house they have furniture, photos hanging on the walls and a television. Whilst Josephine likes watching gospel music, her son, Oliver, loves watching wrestling; "my favourite wrestlers are John Cena and The Rock."