Michael Ouma recalls his struggles back in Migori County where tough life forced him into 'hustling' while still in form two to support his parents who depended solely on small scale farming for survival.
The staunch Catholic who harboured ambitions of becoming a priest spent most of his time in church helping priests who offered to pay his fees at Rapogi High School.
It is at Rapogi where the 33-year-old horned entrepreneurial and resource mobilization skills.
''During school holiday, I could mobilize my village agemates for soccer tournaments to sensitize the community, especially on HIV/AIDS. This, we did with support from funders in Europe,'' Ouma told the Star at his farm in Juja.
The more he interacted with the community, the better he understood challenges facing households.
''Production was a big issue. They keep tilling tired soils for survival. When I got That has kept them in a poverty cycle. I want to change that,'' Ouma who now runs a successful agricultural consultancy firm, Groliva said.