My name is Emmanuel Kipkoech, aged 26, married and blessed with one child. I am christian born from a humble background and am the first born child, from a family of 4 children. Currently i live in Nairobi city where i have been working, my home town is Sotik. it is located in Kenya at the longitude of 35.12 and latitude of -0.68, it’s about more than 200 Kilometres from the capital city of Nairobi city.
My family background has been built by some many struggles up to where i am now with my studies, being a first born has been one of the challenges i needed first to understand that my life was setting good example to my siblings. I must say i have grown from a challenging environment where some of the basic needs were not part of my upbring, it was seen as a ’want". I schooled in a local primary school in our region which was about 3 to 4 kilometres. After passing my primary exams i joined a secondary school where i came to learn of electricity as source of light, because back in our village we used lantern lamps which used kerosene. Life there change a bit and got to learn about many things and more so the civilized world. Fours came with many challenges but the main one was the school fees because my parents could not afford to pay fully all the fees, but with the help of family friends i managed to clear.
I joined university and that was where the real struggle emerged and i came to learn of how the world was getting more tougher on me and my family. I remember at times i could survive with breakfast and one in the evening or have only evene meal alone because my parents gave proty my school fees than food. Mid way my university studies i had to engage in manuals jobs during free time, weekends and over holidays so that i could earn something for my food and pay my house rent.
Eventually with all the challenges i finished my studies. I graduated 2 years ago from The Catholic University of Eastern Africa. Immediately after graduating i got a job in a translation firm where i worked there until last month (April) 2015. My company did not longer had enough projects to sustain the employees and it released us. With the current situation i thought of what i can do and considering the current high unemployment rate in Kenya. After an in depth research and consultation i chose to initiate my dream of investing in dairy farming.
During the two years i was working i had thought of investing in agribusiness considering that i come from a region where a lot of farming takes place even though in small scale. I would like to do large scale farming in dairy farming. This project is meant to sustain me, my family, to generate school fees for my siblings who are still in college. My parents have been strained a lot and they have huge loans they are repaying accrued from our education. This project is also aimed at creating employment to many youths in my village who dropped out of school due to schools fee problem. If funded i will utilized well the money and will live to give a testimony of my progress. Thanks in advance.