Why a Farm?
We've launched agricultural projects on the farm to provide resources for Thamani and help us become self-sufficient. We're also working toward training young people in sustainable agriculture and natural resource management, and providing relief to the tribes of north Kenya, which are suffering from extreme drought.
In 2011, we bought a piece of land in the Mida area north of Mombasa, among the Giriama tribe. We were struck by the richness of the land and yet the extreme poverty of the local people.
Where is it?
Our piece of land is situated in the fire cut within the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, which is the single largest block of indigenous coastal forest remaining in East Africa.
The forest is incredibly bio-diverse, including a concentration of endemic and endangered flora and fauna. The Mida Creek area produces the best honey in Kenya, which is in high demand. But because of its proximity to the forest, we face the challenge of keeping out baboons and other animals who want a share of the crops!
Help us grow!
The following are just some of our dreams for helping Thamani become self-sustaining; pick your favorite and help us grow!
We plan to start with 30 bee hives, at a cost of approximately 60 Euro a hive. We also need beekeeping equipment, and will need to build a shed to keep the hives safe and secure.
We need a total initial investment of 5000 Euro to launch our apiary. Once it's up and running, we'll be able to harvest approximately 90 kilos per hive/year, and sell the honey for 3 Euro/kilo (that's around 2700 kilos of honey and 8100 Euro every year!)
We can raise goats for their meat. We want to buy 30 goats of a meat-producing breed, build sheds, grow special feed, purchase the appropriate vaccinations and equipment, and employ a goat farmer.
The up-front cost for 30 goats is 10,000 Euro.
A buck costs approximately 250 Euro, and a doe 125 Euro.
Our poultry-farming business can supply eggs for consumption and to sell. To get started, we need housing, feed, 50 chickens, and miscellaneous supplies.
Also on our to-do list:
- Finishing the well when rainy season is over
- Building a barn for equipment and produce
- Setting up a fence to protect the crops from baboons and other thieves
- Acquiring a pickup truck to transport produce and supplies (the farm is located 100 km from Thamani School).
We have already employed a farm manager and started some minor projects, you are welcome to help us scale these up as well!
So far we have:
Planted Trees for Timber
These can be harvested in 3 to 5 years, depending on the quality of the timber. To date we have planted 300 trees.
Planted Fruit Trees
e. g. papaya, banana, mango.
Started a Garden
So far we have harvested watermelons, corn, tomatoes, and leafy greens. These are especially profitable as they can be harvested throughout the year in Kenya.
There's a strong market for cow's milk. Cows are also beneficial in providing a large amount of meat for protein and milk for calcium intake, especially among children.
Feel free to contact us with questions or for a specific business plan: firstname.lastname@example.org