Spotlight: Bancy Mwendwa; accountant, explorer and farmer!

 
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As a non-profit organisation, fundraising is always a big focus for NRT. We have a fantastic finance and grants team who tirelessly report on, and apply for funding for, north Kenya's community conservation efforts. Meet our grants accountant, Bancy. 

What is your role at NRT?
I am the Grants Accountant, so my role at NRT involves maintaining financial, accounting and grant support services in order to meet the needs of the organisation and the donor.

What is your favorite thing about the job?
I have made tremendous growth from being a cashier, climbing the ladder to grants accountant. The most surprising thing for me is that the projects are dynamic. I have seen a significant impact on beneficiaries who have benefitted from NRT support through conservation work, it gives me hope and a smile on my face knowing that our work is appreciated by many people out there.

What might someone be surprised to know about you?
It might take you back to let you know that I was an athlete in my primary school days!

What has been your been your favorite project at NRT and why is that?
My favorite project has been the BeadWORKS project. I have been to the field and met the women beaders. The story from their faces is that of hope and freedom. The women have become more independent and no longer depend on their husbands for money. This is a great project that has impacted positively on the work of conservation.

What is your wish list for the next 10 years with NRT?
I wish to see conservancies focus more on the livelihood programs to ensure their sustainability. More income generating projects will mean that the conservancies will be in a position to stand on their own feet, with less dependency on NRT.

What is your proudest moment at NRT and why?
My proudest moment is when donor reports are approved for funding, it is always a joyous moment when we receive funding.

What do you do when you aren’t working?
I love Mother Nature, and I take my time travelling and getting to know new places. If I am not on the road traveling, I will be farming in my small garden where I produce a variety vegetables.  

What gives you hope for the future of conservation in Kenya?
I am delighted to see that communities have become receptive and are acknowledging the work of conservation. They can see the benefits and the impact conservation has created in their communities. The government is equally taking steps to support conservation in Kenya, and with this kind of support and appreciation from the government I see a more sustainable future when it comes to conservation work in Kenya.