My name is Marie Claire Mukakimenyi. I am 57 years old and I have been a farmer here in Rwanda all my life. I am a widow with 5 children to care for – 3 girls and 2 boys.
I was one of the first people here to receive orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) vines from the International Potato Center through the SASHA (Sweetpotato Action for Security and Health in Africa) project, which was being implemented by the International Potato Center here in Rwanda. I was given OFSP vines for planting and I also received training on how to farm OFSP and multiply the vines.
When I received the OFSP vines, I decided that I would plant them on my farm. The CIP agronomist who visited my farm taught me all about OFSP – how to improve my farming practices, how to plant and take care of OFSP. They also told me all about the nutritional benefits of eating OFSP.