Milk production business has continued to gain momentum over the years in Trans Nzoia County, which also doubles up as the cereal basket of Kenya and many people especially in Kitale have ventured into the dairy trade.
Lydia Namaimba and her husband are a power couple that work together on their farm to provide a living for their family of three children as well as pay for their education from proceeds of the farm. Lydia had one dairy cattle before encountering Moto Hope Micro-Lending.It was her desire to venture deeper into dairy farming and she sought financial aid from MHML. MHML has thus far loaned her a total $1000 to buy two cows.
She is now able to sell at least 450litres of milk every month to informal traders and milk hawkers who frequent her homestead every morning to collect her good quality fresh milk. She has made a point to learn continuously how to manage her cows – especially better feeding which assures increased milk production with every improvement in her skills.
She is slowly making a name for herself in the little village of Bonde, in Kitale’s Makutano area, due to her high standards of hygiene when handling the milk as well as her customer relations and also selling on credit. Some of the milk that she gets from her cattle is consumed domestically by her own family who also get to enjoy the health benefits that come with milk consumption.
The well being of her cows ensures milk production whose profits she not only ploughs back into the dairy farming but also go a long way in supporting her maize farming on their two and a half acres of farm land. She sells the maize to market traders and at times when the harvest is good enough, to the Kenya Cereals and Produce Board (KCPB). The couple works extremey hard to ensure the posterity of their two agribusiness ventures that in turn provide for and fully cater for all of their needs and those of their children.