At last! Sisters can do it for themselves on Kenyan farms

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At last! Sisters can do it for themselves on Kenyan farms

After a landmark court ruling, brothers no longer have all the power when it comes to inheriting land

Dominic Kirui

A few months ago, the idea of coming home with a hoe in one hand and a sack of freshly harvested potatoes in the other was only a dream for Rachel Korir.

When her father died in 2012, his land in the village of Kapcheboi, in western Kenya, automatically went to his two sons, in line with the customary law of the Kipsigis tribe to which the family belongs.

Because Korir, now 70, and her five sisters were all married, tribal rules dictated that they were not entitled to any of their father’s land...

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