Aloha, my name is Walusako Kayinga. I am a second year master’s student in animal science at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
I am running a social entrepreneurship project with 15 smallholder farmers from around the university whereby I provide them with goats, livestock drugs and extension services under a very flexible contract arrangement:
I buy female goats whose parents have twinning history, which I give to the farmers under the arrangement that they will tend for goats to a point where the goats bear their own kids.
When a goat bears twins, I get one and the farmer gets the other. But, when it bears one, the farmer gets the kid. If the farmer is interested, we extend the contract for another 8 month period to the next kidding, only that now the farmer keeps an additional goat and gets an additional goat in return after kidding.
Whenever the farmer wants to sale goats, either I buy them at competitive prices or I link the farmer to a lucrative market that buys the goats as a better price.
Essentially, the project is helping farmers’ households become more resilient to various shocks as the farmers are building a stronger asset base.
Inspecting some of the goats in a participating farmers kraal
At present, I have 39 farmers demanding to join the contract farming arrangement. This signals to me that the project has an enormous potential for growth and that it is meeting rural farmers’ need for viable income generating activities and asset building opportunities.
The main challenge I am facing right now is inadequacy of my resources to grow and meet the farmers demand to participate.
Therefore, the USD 5,000 at stake under the YAP competition can go a long way in helping more smallholder farmers to participate in the project so as to also benefit from increased household incomes and resilience that farmers currently participating in the project are enjoying.
Group photo with some of the farmers participating in the project
In order to maximize the impact of the grant to our venture, the money will be used as follows:
- Buying stocks at USD 2,702
- Drugs at USD 1,352
- Veterinary officer payment at USD 110
- Kraal improvement at USD 336
- Transport at USD 500.
Looking into the future, I am thinking of diversifying the project in two dimensions.
First, I have been requested by a majority of the farmers to introduce piggery as one of the livestock ventures I am financing their households with the arguments that pigs have slightly higher gross margins and produce up to 15 piglets at once, hence having more potential to infuse more income to the farmers as well as the project.
Second, I am planning to establish a medium scale goat and pig processing plant that will serve farmers as a sustainable market for their livestock as well as consumers in western Lilongwe as a source of quality and hygienic meat.
In the spirit of social entrepreneurship, I am planning to have at most 49% of the processing plant owned by smallholder farmers whereas I will own the remaining share of the venture.
Given the difficulties I have so far encountered in trying to access a loan for this venture, winning this competition will form first steps towards actualizing my idea.
Blogpost and picture submitted by Walusako Kayinga (Malawi): kayingawalusako[at]gmail.com
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