In this guest post, Nat Robinson, Chief Executive Officer of Juhudi Kilimo highlights three innovative Kenyan start-ups, from solar pumps to credit companies that are helping to change the lives of rural farmers for the better.
Joseph Omwega is a 41 year-old farmer living in the Southern Nianza region of Kenya, Kisii. He belongs to the large community of smallholder farmers in the country estimated at 7.5 million individuals. Like him, the average smallholder farmer in Kenya owns 1-5 acres of land, produces for subsistence or sales in informal markets to earn USD 2-4 per day.
Despite his limited means, Joseph was determined to develop his plantation and searched tirelessly for a lender who would not ask for a land title deed or vehicle logbook as security for a loan. In 2014, he met us, at Juhudi Kilimo. A for-profit social enterprise serving rural smallholder farmers and small-to-medium agribusinesses throughout Kenya, we provide financing to help them acquire wealth-generating assets, such as high-yield dairy cows, poultry, irrigation equipment and farm machinery. Continue reading