Over the past two years GVI have been working with the community of Mahandakini to implement a comprehensive food security project in this rural village. The food security program in Mahandakini is designed to improve access to, and reduce the cost of, maize in the Mahandakini area. Through GVI’s Construction and Sustainable Development project a grain store and posho mill store have been built over the past nine months. The grain store will provide the people of Mahandakini with a place to buy and sell maize in the local community, thus eliminating transport costs they would usually incur whilst travelling to markets further afield. Moreover, because the grain store is designed as a not for profit project, people utilizing the store will receive better prices when they sell their maize to the store and subsequently receive lower prices when purchasing maize in times of food shortages in Kenya which push the price of maize up by over 100% in certain instances.
In January of 2011, the only remaining element required to complete the food security project was a posho mill. Posho mills grind maize into maize flour – one of the main staple foods in Kenya. And, the Mahandakini CBO are intending on operating a posho mill as one of the income generating projects in Mahandakini and as a supplement to the food security project. Specifically, profits from the operation of the posho mill be used to provide a group of ex-poachers in Mahandakini with sustainable alternative livelihoods, and, also to fund maintenance on the aforementioned not for profit grain store.
The mill is now fully operational for the community of Mahandakini.
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