The Gilani Umoja Youth Group reaps their rewards

“We are in a village where there are many people – and where there are many people, they must eat.”


Photo: IFAD/Edward Echwalu

When Francis Kangara Wangari looked around his community, he saw two problems. One: unemployment was high, especially for younger people. Two: there was room in the market for a new business selling cereals – maize, rice, grains. After all, practically everyone in the community needed them – beyond being crucial staple foods, they are used in a wide variety of local dishes. So, in 2017, he founded the Gilani Umoja Youth Group as a way to create jobs for the community’s youth and e