Location: Makutano, Kitale.
Years in Operation: 10 Years .
Amount needed: $500.
Ezekiel Githinji Karanja wears many caps when it comes to Agribusiness. The husband and father of one has gone all in into farming to ensure that his young family always has food on the table. For the last ten years, he has ventured into maize and tea farming in Kitale’s Makutano area. A year ago, when he wanted to try out dairy farming as well, he approached Moto Hope Micro Lending for a $300 loan which enabled him to buy the dairy cow he keeps. His little dairy farming venture enables him to sell at least seven litres of milk every morning and evening to his customers. Some of it also goes to his family’s own consumption.
His half acre land is covered with a tea plantation that he is very proud of. He didn’t think it would be as successful as it is now, back when he started out. At the beginning he only ventured into tea farming because it was the in thing and most of his mates were also tea farming. But now he has no regrets whatsoever. Besides creating employment to two people, the farm brings him an income he cannot do without, he says.
On the other end, is one acre of land boasting of green healthy looking maize crop. He has done maize farming for the longest time. He sells his yield to maize brokers whose lorries frequent the villages every harvest season. At the beginning, years back when he was still new and naive in the business, he says he got very raw deals from these brokers. With time however, he slowly learned the trade and its tricks and today he enjoys all his profits and knows to whom to sell any of his harvest and makes a point of knowing prevailing market rates before he sells. When other markets have better prices, he does not sell to the brokers but sells directly to buyers in the market mostly wholesalers.
Proceeds from his agribusiness enable him to provide for his family. He is happy that his ventures create jobs for other families. Besides the tea farm that has given two people jobs, the maize farm gives work to at least ten people every planting, weeding and harvest season. He is seeking $500 from Moto Hope Micro Lending to purchase a second dairy cow. He is intent on improving the milk yield to sell more milk and improve his earnings.