Timothy Sheghere Mgonja is a father of six children, including his 7-year-old daughter Sifa, the youngest. He is the fun sort of dad who once chaperoned a group of kids on a field trip to the Meserani Snake Park and Maasai Museum in Arusha, a nearby city.
After watching the delighted children ride camels at the tourist park, the struggling farmer asked the park workers how much money camels make them on each ride. He was pleasantly surprised. When he learned of the other extraordinary benefits of camels, including milk production and their ability to haul water and firewood and even to pull a plow, he was completely sold.