Mother & Child Exhibition Women dominate Kenya’s agricultural workforce, producing much of the country’s food while also tending to their children. Despite their vital role in society, they are hugely undervalued and lack the same access to land and resources as men. This exhibition seeks to shine a light on the achievements of women in rural Kenya and provide an insight into their everyday lives. The women featured have been working with Send a Cow, receiving training in farming, business skills and gender equality. They are now living well off their land and are able to give their children the opportunities and the childhood they never had. Read the stories of Ruth and Beatrice below. They are living proof that poverty and hunger in Africa are not inevitable. With the right support and training, families can create better lives and become self sufficient, living healthily and happily off their land. We have launched our biggest ever appeal so that many more mothers can be given the opportunity to transform their lives and those of their children. Ruth Machuma Ndunde Ruth, 30, married at the tender age of 17 and soon became a mother. She and her husband both came from poor backgrounds. They lacked any formal qualifications and struggled to find work. Many times, Ruth had no choice but to beg for food from her neighbours in order to feed her five children. They started working with Send a Cow in 2013 and turned their attention to farming their small plot of land. Soon, they were growing enough food to feed their children and were making a living from the sale of their produce. Confident that she could provide for her family, Ruth decided to adopt two orphaned children who had nowhere else to go. Ruth and her husband are now able to provide for all seven children. With money from their farm, they’ve improved their home, installed electricity and the husband has returned to school to complete his studies. Beatrice Auma Ochieng Beatrice, 27, lost her husband while she was pregnant. Her own family refused to help her while her in-laws insisted she marry another relative in a practice known as ‘wife inheritance.’ She refused. Alone but determined, Beatrice offered herself as cheap labour, working for less than a dollar a day. She continued to do this throughout most of her pregnancy and after the birth of her daughters, Mary and Dolin. Things began to change when she started working with Send a Cow in 2014. With training and support, she found her land could produce more than enough to feed her family and provide her with an income by selling surplus vegetables and milk from her dairy cow. Today, Beatrice makes a good living from her land. She’s feeding her children well and sending them to school. She’s opened her first bank account and has become an employer, hiring two casual workers to help her on her farm.