Location: Gachambi village, Makutano Kitale.
Years in Operation: 20 Years.
Amount needed: $400.
All of his adult life, George has known nothing but the rewarding nature of a land that has been loved and cared for to produce. He has practiced agribusiness for over twenty years raising his family of one wife and seven children off the produce of his hard and determined toil
He has for as long as he remembers grown maize for sale every other season. Upon harvest, he sells the maize to middlemen as well as directly to large scale traders in Kitale town. Some of his harvest is well treated and stored for his family’s domestic consumption. God has been faithful he says for every harvest assures his family of Ugali/maize-meal; Kenyans’ favorite staple food. In addition, he is also a small holder dairy farmer and sells at least 250 litres of milk every month.
George has in the recent years ventured into vegetable farming. He grows kales (sukumawiki), cabbages, and tomatoes as well as French beans. The fast maturing nature of these vegetables assures him at least four harvests in a year thus more cash flow for his business. His choice vegetables are very popular and this provides him with ready market for his entire yield. He sells to market traders at his farm gate and also supplies to them at the larger Kitale vegetable market. These quick and ready sales protect him from losses that would otherwise emanate from the perishability of the vegetables.
He is seeking $400 from MHML to be able to invest in his vegetable farming. With the money, he will be able to buy good quality seeds and also be able to make the great move that he intends of fully engaging in organic farming. He envisions being the proud owner of a healthy garden by making the soil he uses for his vegetables as fertile as possible through increased biodiversity.