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Sauri, Kenya
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POPULATION: 33,829,590

ETHNIC GROUPS: Kikuyu 22%, Luhya 14%, Luo 13%, Kalenjin 12%, Kamba 11%, Kisii 6%, Meru 6%, other African 15%, non-African (Asian, European, and Arab) 1%

LANGUAGES: English (official), Kiswahili (official), numerous indigenous languages

RELIGIONS: Protestant 45%, Roman Catholic 33%, indigenous beliefs 10%, Muslim 10%, other 2%  


GDP: $16.63 billion (2005 est.)

EXTERNAL DEBT: $7.349 billion (2005 est.)

UNEMPLOYMENT: 40% (2001)

PEOPLE LIVING IN POVERTY:  50% (2000 est.)

INFANT MORTALITY: 61.47 deaths/1,000 live births

INTERNET USERS: 400,000 (2002)
Nyandiwa, Kenya
KENYA: Sauri, Anyiko, Gongo, Jina, Lihanda, Marenyo, Nyamninia, Nyandiwa, Nyawara, Ramula, Uranga

Located in western Kenya, the Millennium Village of Nyandiwa sits just north of the equator, 30 km away from Lake Victoria . Nyandiwa includes 1,583 households across 13 square km. The average household size is 5 people.

Plister Atieno Ongare is the sole caretaker of eight people in her household. She and her family live on half an acre. Since her husband's death in July 2005, life for her and her family has been difficult. Food production on her land has steadily declined over the years.

A few years ago, Plister was producing only about a half bag of maize on her land. Last season, when Millennium Promise provided seed and fertilizer along with training techniques, her output tripled. Plister and her family were overjoyed. In previous years, she had to work additional jobs to buy maize to feed her family. This year the crops she's grown will be enough giving her more time to focus on the welfare of her children.

Sauri now has a motorized vehicle to transport people to the district hospital in the event of medical emergencies. The same "village vehicle" can also transport goods to markets.

The community has been transformed-demonstrating that the end of extreme poverty is not only possible, it is happening.