International Journal of Technology Enhancements and Emerging Engineering Research (ISSN 2347-4289)

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International Journal of Technology Enhancements and Emerging Engineering Research  
International Journal of Technology Enhancements and Emerging Engineering Research

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ISSN 2347-4289

Mobile Money Transaction As A Drive Towards Improvement Of Farm Produce Sales To Small Scale Farmers In Trans Nzoia County A Study Of Women In Kitale Town

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Neyole Misiko Jacob



Key words: Mobile money transfer; small scale production; food security; technology



ABSTRACT: Poverty among women in Trans Nzoia district is mainly caused by poor returns from the sale of their farm produce, the main income generating activity of the women groups in the area. Poverty has also been occasioned by the small parcels of land which produce minimal yields, such as maize, vegetables and cereals. These women, a majority being old and semi-literate, are in dire need of high incomes to cater for the ever-growing needs. As it has been shown in other developing countries and elsewhere in Kenya, small-scale farming entangled with mobile money transfer technology can provide constant flow of income of up to three times what is earned from traditional marketing of their farm produce that is harvesting and taking to market for sale. Further embracing this fast rising technology provides high income through easy money transfer and transaction settlement. This paper will discuss the potential of mobile money, specifically to small scale farmers in fighting poverty among the rural women. High income translates to better standards of living, in that the women will be better able to meet the basic requirements of clothing, food, education and shelter for themselves and the orphans under their care. In addition by engaging in mobile money as a means of transaction of their farm produce will improve their negotiation skills alongside entrepreneurial skills.



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