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Issue No.58
  • :December
  • :2018

Africa / Kenya

Transformed mindsets

As fish in Kenya’s Lake Victoria region becomes increasingly scarce, women fish traders in the region turn to fish farming to boost incomes and find a way out of the pernicious practice of jaboya

By Irene Ojuok (, World Vision, Kenya and Phillemon K. Bwanawoy (, World Vision, Kenya

Over the years, fishing has been a major income source around Kenya’s Lake region. In Nyanza, and more specifically, around the shores of Lake Victoria, most families depend primarily on fishing for their livelihood. Small-scale or subsistence fishing, however, hardly meets the financial needs of families, who then often opt to send only the boy child to school while girls are married off early for the dowry.

Most communities in Kenya consider fish a delicacy. This is especially true of those living in Homabay County, along Lake Victoria in western Kenya. No family here would go without a meal of fish and ugali, a pounded mixture made from maize, sorghum or cassava flour. However, fish is no longer easily available for vul

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