Mary Nyambura, Wathiani – Business lady
Rumuruti is situated in LWF’s Northern Unit. Residents of Rumuruti have dealt with issues surrounding human-wildlife conflict for decades. This has prompted the County government, Lwf and other key stakeholders to join hands in putting up a fence in sections around Rumuruti forest. Meet Mary Nyambura Wathiani, an LWF member and a resident of Rumuruti town.
I was born and brought up in Rumuruti. It is a peaceful and calm town with more businesses starting up compared to when I was young. I am also an LWF member and their work is significant in our lives. They taught us how to make soaps and detergents so as to generate income from our newly learned skills. In the past, Rumuruti was a very dry place but when were taught about how to conserve trees and waterbeds, a lot has changed. Now people farm around the small dams and major rivers. The killing of both wildlife and people was common because of two human groups found in this region; pastoralists and farmers. Conflict would arise because of inadequate water and wildlife invasion-particularly elephants. This has since changed and people are embracing the idea of living harmoniously with wildlife. As LWF continues its education to its members about conservation, water and wildlife, there will be more farmers and less conflict between pastoralists. LWF also taught us about group dimensions, which has been helpful. Now we know the importance of interacting and working as one. They also had an education programme that would be of great help if it was brought back because we will witness a larger group of our children get quality education. I am grateful to LWF and I hope that, with them, Rumuruti will become a better place.