In October 2016, Iddi Wanyonyi, a farmer from Kibabii area, Bungoma County was excited when his two-year old heifer delivered a healthy calf However, his joy was to be short lived.
“In the evening when I went to check on her, I found that her uterus had come out,” Wanyonyi recalls. This is a condition known as uterine prolapse, which can happen after a cow has given birth. Frantic, he immediately called the surgeon. Although he is a veterinary doctor himself, he needed help attending to the cow.
“Despite all our efforts, my cow still died,” he reminisces.
Devastated, Wanyonyi called ACRE Africa, who had introduced him to livestock insurance. Wanyonyi was initially working with ACRE Africa as one of the veterinary doctors who partner with ACRE Africa to do livestock assessments, valuation, tagging and any follow up required.
“Although I was talking to farmers about insurance, I decided to set an example by insuring my animals,” he says. “When I called ACRE Africa, one of the field officers came over, took pictures of the cow and then gave me the claim form. I filled it out and got paid within two months. I bought another cow, and at least now my children have milk,” says the father of seven.
My Wanyonyi encourages farmers to insure their livestock. This made the difference between starting the process of saving up for a cow for years and getting back on his feet in two months.
“My heart breaks – as a farmer and as a veterinary doctor when I see farmers suffer losses from their livestock. I advice farmers to insure their cows. With insurance, you also have access to a qualified vet, and quality advice. I have seen from experience the value of insurance. If I did not have insurance, I don’t know what I would have done,” he says, shaking his head.
Mr. Wanyonyi also grows tomatoes, sukuma wiki, and eucalyptus trees.