Improving the Lives of Small Farmers in Africa

Following an introduction by Terry Mollner, Roger Bird, husband of Rachel Peterson, will speak on his innovative work in Africa. Roger is helping small farmers in Kenya move out of poverty. He will share how he is using his 35 years as a banker and agricultural lender to make equipment available to small farmers who otherwise couldn’t afford it because no one will lend them the money. With this equipment they produce more food, have more income, and their kids have hope for the future. After many years working in emerging economies on international donor projects, Roger saw that these programs were not working for smallholders, and he knew he had to figure out how to change that. And he has. Join us to hear how Roger’s belief in “the inherent worth and dignity of every person” is showing up in Kenya.