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Solutions Storytelling Project

How One Farmer Made it Rain

From "Solutions Inside Out," a short film from Mitchelle Jangara x Kickstart International.

Embark on an inspiring journey alongside Mulei and his family in “The Promise of Rain," a short documentary that chronicles their pursuit of prosperity and the power of innovation in the arid landscapes of Eastern Kenya. This film is a product of the Solutions Storytelling Project.

From poverty to prosperity

Meet KickStart International

KickStart International is a non-profit social enterprise with a mission to move millions of people out of poverty quickly, cost-effectively, and sustainably. KickStart designs and develops climate-smart, highly affordable, and reliable irrigation tools that enable farmers to transform their livelihoods, adapt to climate change, and tackle poverty on their own terms. With our innovative water pumps, farming families break their dependence on seasonal rains, harvest high-value crops year-round, improve quality of life, reduce hunger, build businesses, and establish economic freedom. Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, KickStart promotes and scales its irrigation tools and services across 17 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Nairobi, Kenya

Meet Mitchelle Jangara

Mitchelle is passionate about telling stories through video. She's trained in film and media production and has collaborating with media production houses in East Africa, South Africa, and across the United States. She especially loves bringing stories that tell a new fresh narrative about Africa and its culture to the world.

Making an Impact

We'll be sharing updates as this film makes its way into the world. In the meantime, please send it to someone who you think would be inspired by it. And leave a comment and a like on the video to support this organization's and filmmaker's work!

Film Credits

Director: Mitchelle Jangara

Producer: Olang’o Otieno

Cinematography: Roadman

Editors: Sarah Gouveia, Mitchelle Jangara

Color: Roadman

Featuring: Joseph Mulei, Nancy Muindi, Denivas Onyancha, Emanuel Wakhungu

Story Consultant: Katherine Georges

Executive Producers: Sky Dylan-Robbins, Gabriel Diamond

Producers: Mungai Kiroga, Debra Aroko

Legal Services: Matthew T. Rogers, Esq.

News Sources: Sky News, DW News, BBC NewsAfrica News, Citizen TV Kenya

Images by: Pixabay, Aart Prikker, Erik Mclean, Jim Flanary, Tim Mossholder

Music provided by: Artlist

Special Thanks: Nancy Muindi, Denivas Onyancha

This film is a product of the Solutions Storytelling Project, a Skoll Foundation-supported initiative from the Video Consortium that connects regional filmmakers and social innovators in the Global South to produce solutions-focused short documentaries that catalyze positive change.