Kenya Successes

Kenya Successes: Subsistence to Substance to Business Success for Small Banana Farmers & Traders

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Many of Kenya’s central and eastern rural poor have a few banana trees in their yards. But despite Kenya’s large overall banana crop, farmers are virtually unconnected to urban wholesalers, retailers, and consumers in cities like Nairobi, Kisumu or Mombasa.*  These large markets cannot meet banana demand though they are no more than 100 kilometers […]

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Kenya Successes: Prime Coffee-Growing Region Now Supplies Worldclass Premium Coffee

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Across Africa and Latin America, TechnoServe works with farmers to sustainably improve the quality and quantity of the coffee they produce.* It helps link small-scale farmers to specialty coffee buyers who pay a premium for their high-quality beans. The higher incomes help transform families, communities and countries. The highlands of Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania […]

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Kenya Successes: TechnoServe Organized Small-Scale Dairy Farms for Large-Scale Impact

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Kenyans drink a lot of milk.  This tradition is probably derived from tribal culture—particularly the Maasai tribe–where cows represent wealth. However, the vast majority of dairy farmers own less than ten cows, each of which typically produces ten gallons of milk per day (vs. 30 gallons in developed countries) due to poor nutrition, breeding, and […]

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Kenya Successes: Aspen Orchards & Dairies

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Wendy and Rick met with this participant who was definitely making progress in TechnoServe’s Upscaling program. Starting in 2003 in his home, Joseph Njer’s growth-oriented yoghurt processing business by 2007 was on a US$170,000 run-rate for annual turnover.  The products are two size bottles of thick, creamy yoghurt drinks in vanilla, strawberry and banana.  Joseph […]

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Kenya Successes: Canan Garden “Upscales” Its Honey Products

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A pharmacist and his wife successfully ran Neema Pharmacy and Chemists in Embu, a large central Kenyan city surrounded by farms.  The wife had grown up in a nearby farming village and saw how difficult some of her neighbors’ lives were, particularly grandparents raising orphaned grandchildren.  So she worked with the local Kenyan agricultural station […]

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Kenya Successes: Hospitality Growth at Mountain Top Institute

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Establishing this institute in 2002, Patrick Mwangi’s business had grown to several ventures in Hospitality Services, including a beauty institute, guest hotel, restaurant, college hostels and catering. In 2007 this growth-oriented business was on a US$142,000 run-rate for annual turnover.  He generally employed 25 people full-time. Patrick has a business background and a university degree.  […]

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Kenya Successes: Visiting Businesses Started by Young Women in Enterprise

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During 2007, Wendy accompanied the Young Women in Enterprise (YWE) staff on a visit to Mukuruto some of the businesses which had been started by a few members of this community-based (non- school) YWE clubs.  Mukuru is one of the many “informal settlements” aka slums in and around Nairobi.  The most famous/infamous is Kibera which […]

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Kenya Successes: Springsand Bakery “Puffs Up” its Market

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Starting in 2002, Anderson Muchangi Misoniki opened one retail bread and cake bakery outlet in Embu, in Central Kenya. This growth-oriented business was on a US$57,000 run-rate for annual turnover.  He generally employed 12 people full-time. Anderson has a banking and accounting background.  Thus he became a good candidate for TechnoServe’s Upscaling program. The most […]

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Kenya Successes: Popular Kikoi Cloth Company

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Starting in 2008, for its Phase Two program, TechnoServe’s Young Women in Enterprise (YWE) was considering how to identify businesses in which to place the young women in internships so they would learn both the soft and hard skills of employment. Through local connections, YWE discovered Alina Benson Enterprises, which weaves Kenya’s traditional Kikoi cloth […]

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Kenya Successes: TechnoServe’s Young Women in Enterprise Program

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Starting May 2006, the Nike Foundation funded TechnoServe Kenya in partnership with Project Baobab based in Nairobi to create Young Women in Enterprise (YWE, which now continues through 2013).  Through 2012, together they implemented a program to raise the level of entrepreneurial activity among Kenya’s young women and to catalyze employment-generating, women-owned businesses as well […]

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