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.