Since May we have been working to green the green house.
We have since been able to plant tomato seeedlings that have been transplanted and are in their fourth week. We should train them this weekend.
So far with over 69,000/= (Kes) or $938 we have managed to do the following:- (see Excel Attachment for Finance Report)
1. Purchased and set up a Plant Support System
2. Purchased a Submersible Water Pump to help with the Irrigation
3. Employing one permanent staff to manage the greenhouse
4. Ensured the continued productivity of the greenhouse by having organic manure
We have established partners who will be able to help develop a sustainable market for the green house produce that include local business people and an NGO operating within the area.
There was change in staffing as the lady who initially was meant to work full time in the greenhouse was fully engaged in the school kitchen and wasn't able to be fully engaged.
However we took in a partner from Be True Foundation a Community Based Organization currently receiving mentoring from Acres of Mercy who take care of 8 OVC. The salary received from the project helps with taking care of the 4 girls and 4 boys being taken care of.
The school children have also been able to learn practically about agri-business from the greenhouse.
All these and more would not have been possible but for the support of our friends and partners who have continued to give through Global Giving. We say THANK YOU.
The current challenge remains water consistency. We are depending on the well to supply water till the end of August and Into October and November.
Harvesting should start in September and should run for another seven months before replanting.
Due to the receded water levels and volume about 192,000 Cubic Meters of water per day we have not been able to fix the submersible water pump and continue to use the KnapSack Sprayer for watering. For better yield we would need the drip system working optimally and this would require advice and support on how this can be done.
The submersible pump needs an Electric Meter separation to enable us manage energy more efficiently. This would cost an extra 9,000/ (100 $) including labour and appliances.
4500/= (50 $) would be needed for post harvest handling to have better quality produce reaching the final consumer. This will purchase transportation crates and weighing and packing equipment.
About an extra 45,000 (Kes) 500 $ would allow for completion of this next stage including securing the water source either by extending well depth or connecting to the local community run and manged borehole piped water system.
Once this is complete we would move to value addition which can also run concurrently with an Intensive Rabbit and Poultry Farming.
Ideas on how to attract wider support for us to achieve the targets above are welcome. Let's share resources, models as well as ask questions to succeed together.
I would like to make an appeal for recurring donations to help support the Day to day maintenance activities of the Greenhouse which requires constant supervision especially as we approach flowering and fruiting stage.
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