Uasin Gishu county is among the largest bread baskets of our country Kenya. It is inhabited by both large scale and small scale maize farmers. Maize being largely Kenya’s staple food has rendered maize farming such an attractive and profitable venture for large scale maize farmers. It is in view of this that Mr. Gardson got into the maize trade in Bonde area of Kitale. He is a large scale farmer utilizing his ten acres of land to grow maize for sale. Besides that, he also buys more maize to add onto his harvest especially at times when his harvest is not as bounty as the demand he faces from his clients.
In September 2017, Moto Hope Micro-Lending loaned him a total of $3000 to buy more maize to add onto what he had harvested. He was able to purchase 150 bags of maize which combined with his 120 bags harvest ensured reliable stock for his business. Using his lorry for transportation, he is able to reach all his clients and delivers the maize to them. He buys the maize from Cherengany-Kitale and supplies to schools, industries, market traders and even homes.
The profits from his venture are ploughed back into his farm where he has created employment for young people and women to work in it. He enjoys economies of scale that lower his input cost per bag. Transporting the maize himself and selling it as a large scale trader also fetches him better prices compared to traders who sell through brokers. This year his profits have enabled him to cater for the costs of ploughing, weeding and fertilizer on his ten acre farm that boasts very healthy young maize.
The proceeds from his maize trade also go into catering for the needs of his two children in high school as well as his wife. He is optimistic of a good harvest this year and we at Moto Hope Micro-Lending are only too glad to be contributing to the country’s food basket and promoting food security.