One and a half years since US billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates paid an ordinary dairy farmer in Nandi County a surprise visit, the man’s fortunes have dramatically changed. Laban Kipkemboi Talam and his wife Miriam have been thrust to fame and are sought after celebrities both locally and internationally.
Experts from Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), Heifer International, African Medical Research Foundation (Amref), East African Dairy Development (Eadd), Techno Serve, Icraf and Nestle Foods International are among some of the high profile officials the couple has brushed shoulders with.
The Busia-Kisumu highway snakes past the vibrant Ugunja town. Almost a kilometer from the town, toward Kisumu, off the highway, there's Ulwan village in West Uholo Location. And in this village, a small-scale farmer, Mr. Stephen Onyango goes about his duties uninterrupted. Courtesy of Heifer International, Steve, as he's famously known by the locals, is a living example as to why farming, if taken seriously, can uplift one's economic status.
Dr. Mahendra Lohani, Asia/South Pacific vice president, joins COO in Cambodia
On April 10, 2010, 60 project participants from four self-help groups (SHGs) celebrated a Passing on the Gift (POG) at a school in Proyuth village, Pauk commune, Pauk district, Siem Reap province, Cambodia.