This photo was originally published in Global Waters, Vol. 10, Issue 4; story: https://medium.com/usaid-global-waters/taking-the-pulse-of-a-lifeline-to-hundreds-of-millions-of-people-a7a9d239e14a
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Improving Livelihoods through Agro-preneurship Tissue culture banana, an innovative idea and technology is turning around subsistence farming of an inconsequential crop to a lucrative agribusiness venture for Joshua Okundi. A smallholder farmer in Homa Bay County, Joshua, aged 57 earns KES 430,000 from tissue culture bananas planted in a one acre piece of land. "Besides the income I from the bananas, I also plant staples and horticulture crops, and rear fish in a pond to supplement nutritional needs in my home and for sale," said Joshua Okundi. In photo: Joshua Okundi in Homa Bay County demonstrates usage of a solar pump.
Cooking with biogas greatly reduces firewood consumption, improving women’s health and enabling forests to regenerate and increase protection from landslides and floods.
Micro-hydro, powered by nearby streams, brings much-needed electric power to remote mountain communities. Sunbir Ghale (pictured here) maintains Simjung village’s micro-hydro plant in Gorkha district; it was badly damaged during the 2015 earthquake and Hariyo Ban funded repairs as part of its support to earthquake recovery.