The cassava project has been successful and has provided needed income to the community. There are numerous people who have benefitted for instance, Charles, a 35-year old father of 6. To fend for his family, he had been working as an on-and -off casual labourer, picking coffee berries in an estate at Thika, 23 Kilometres away. When you helped us acquire a mill, Charles asked to work as the operator. He now earns Ksh. 5,000 monthly, much higher and stable that what he did previously. Charles said," Out of this higher and more stable income that I now receive, I am sure to save enough to educate my children and secure them a better future!"
When the workload intensifies, particularly during harvest seasons, we hire 2 more people to assist the operator.
More importantly, the mill provides indirect employment to many others. These include small businesses milling flour for preparing and selling doughnuts, chapattis, porridge and other dishes.
The milling operation continues to progress incredibly well. The mill serves the Muthithi Community comprising of about 100,000 people. Previously, community members had to walk to Sabasaba town, 6 Kilometers away, to get the service. More so, through our social-enterprise model, we offer much more reduced charges. Instead of Ksh. 30 per tin charged by others, we ask for Ksh. 10. This has tremendously assisted in hunger- reduction efforts. There before, many couldn't afford the exorbitantly high charges. With the low price that we charge, milling cassava chips and grains for flour has become much more affordable!
Currently, I am finishing up my graduate studies at the U of Nairobi in Economics and will be moving on to start my career. My life's goal is to alleviate poverty throughout Kenya. I learned so much doing this project and will use what I have learned to help others throughout Kenya.
I am grateful for your support of my community. They are extremely grateful to you as well.
We will never forget your generosity!