Closed Paper Mill Factory.
Closed Sugar Cane Factory.

West Kenya Relief

Urgent Need: Hard working farmers in West Kenya lost major factories for paper mill and sugar cane for $250M less local income in Eldoret area. Many will soon have to sell their land and abandon farming. Solution:Now through April 2023, donors click “West Kenya Sponsor” form below to sponsor any numbers of below and ACAID will send 100% of donations to those communities and send you reports of your sponsored farmers delivery, production and growth:

  •  Seed at $40 per family
  • Two knapsack sprayers at $160 per community
  • Animal feed milling at $2,700 per feed factory
  • 3-in-1 milling factory that combines animal feed, hulling and people food machines at $4,000 per 3-in-1 factory

Donation impact:

  • $30 per farmer seed: buys a hoe, 10Kg maize (corn) for one acre, 5Kg beans for half acre, delivery and training in planting, fertilizer, pesticide and drying seed. Farmers average 4,000Kg/acre of maize and must bring back 3x (triple) their dry seed for self and two more farmers. ACAID provides more hoes as needed. So donor’s 10Kg impact per season is up to: 4,000Kg Spring, 12,000Kg Fall, 36,000Kg next Spring, 108,000Kg next Fall, 324,000Kg (432,000Kg total, almost 1M pounds), etc.
  • $160 per pair of metal knapsack sprayers. Entire community shares them for pesticide and fertilizer, essential for 4,000Kg/acre of maize. So donor’s impact is at least 400,000Kg of maize each Spring and Fall.
  • $2,700 per Feed Factory: for 20HP diesel maize animal feed machine, delivery and setup, user manuals for machinery and optimal feed mix, two day training and one year warranty. So donor’s factory impact includes: factory only charges 10% (instead of 66% in Nairobi), get high quality feed mix, milled locally to avoid petrol, impact to environment and hours of driving, $2,700 loan payback stays in their community and revolves up to four times per year for others businesses. So farmers keep 90% of factory value instead of less than 10%.
  • $4,000 per 3-in-1: for 30HP diesel motor that drives three machines: animal feed, hulling and people food. Training adds food nutrients (millet, fish, Quinoa) and roasting before mixing food, so they only need to add boiling water. Extends feed factory benefits with the major food for local homes and schools (ground maize, called posho), healthy food nutrients with fast and easy one step preparation, no environment waste since hulling feeds animals.

Details:

Maize seed is 10Kg DK90-89 or DK-777 Hybrids from DKLab in Kenya used for ACAID’s 8 years, since drought
resistant and replant 4 seasons. Uganda communities near Kenya got 4,000Kg/acre despite drought challenges. They
also keep doubling farmers. ACAID buys seed early before price goes up and gets bulk discount. Bugiri Uganda 200
families Spring 2022, doubled to 450 families Fall 2022, and has seed for 1,000 families for Spring 2023. ACAID
provided original seed and hoes, then another 250 and 550 hoes. Community-Borrower Agreement enforces seed
payback.

  1. Beans seed is local NABES 16 (from Nambaale Kenya) it’s seed can be dried and replanted over 20 seasons.
  2. Community Loan Team (CLT) distributes seeds, hoes and shared sprayers, schedules local trainers for planting,
    pesticide, fertilizing and seed drying, and reserves storage rooms for seeds. ACAID-Community MOU enforces local
    team obligations for loans and seed, including monthly reports and farm visits.

    ACAID also trains Web and Entrepreneur teams in nearby Eldoret. Teams get free company registration and website.
    Web teams get outsourced web dev from the West.
    Factories go to the most generous, teachers-of-many, who agree to quality mix and only charging 10%. Community-
    Factory Agreement enforces large factory 10% fee, loan payback and quality mix.

    Community partners can login and download our Manuals for Maize, Beans, Feed and 3-in-1 Factory.
    Here’s an extract from our Maize Manual on how to dry and store seed:  
    A. Select maize seed: from over 100 ears for large genetic base (to avoid inbreeding depression). Choose best plants
    (look for strong stalks, disease resistance, no suckers and medium to large cobs that are completely full).
    B. Drying seed: If long dry period, leave the cobs on the plants until the husks turn brown and the kernels won't dent
    when pressed with a thumbnail. If almost dry but heavy rain soon, pull up the stalks by the roots and hang them
    upside down in a dry shelter to finish drying.
    C. Removing seeds: after completely dry, push the kernels off the cob with your thumb onto a screen or tray. Let them
    dry in a single layer for a couple more weeks. Make sure kernels are dry, since moist ones will mold in storage.
    D. Winnow seeds: from debris (silk and cob) by pouring the maize from one container to another in front of strong
    wind or fan.
    E. Store seed: in an airtight, rat-proof container in a cool, dark spot. Label it to know what variety you are planting next
    Spring.