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Every year, thousands of fresh graduates join the already flooded job market with expectations of securing a job to help them meet their daily expenses and mould a better future.

George Muturi Waigunyo, a 25-year-old Form Four leaver faced similar challenges until the day he decided to take a road less travelled, he chose earthworm rearing over job-hunting.

Form Four discovers goldmine in rearing earthworms to overcome unemploymentMuturi displays part of earthworms which he rears at his home in Lari, Kiambu county.Photo: Enock Ndayala/ Tuko.co.ke
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Muturi, an alumnus of Kimuri High School in Kinangop said he never imagined vermiculture (rearing of earthworms) would be turn out to be a profitable venture when he began investing in it.

After completing his Form Four studies in 2013, Muturi lacked school fee to enable him further his studies and resorted to farming as a source of income.

He first ventured in poultry and rabbit rearing but later dropped them for vermiculture.

Form Four discovers goldmine in rearing earthworms to overcome unemploymentA heap of earthworms at Muturu’s place in Kiambu county. Photo: Enock Ndayala/TUKO.co.ke.
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The ideas of rearing earthworms was sold to him in 2015 by an officer at International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) where he had gone to buy black solder eggs for his chicken.

“The idea looked less expensive but more profitable. I decided to sell all my rabbits and bought five kilos of red earthworm at KSh 2,500 by then. I then constructed a structure at a cost of KSh 5,000,” Muturi said

According to the young farmer, a kilo of earthworms locally retails at KSh 2000 although his main interest is in production of organic manure.

With over 300kg of earthworms, he produces at least three tonnes of compost manure after every three months.

Form Four discovers goldmine in rearing earthworms to overcome unemploymentMuturi illustrating how he feeds and takes care of earthworms which he has been rearing for the last five years. Photo: Enock Ndayala/TUKO.co.ke
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A tonne of compost manure goes for as much as KSh 70,000 meaning he raises up to KSh 210,000 within three months.

Unlike other ventures such as poultry which take longer to pay back, earthworms take between two to three months to mature.

In a year has four harvesting seasons and Muturi disclosed he earns up to KSh 600, 0000 where all factors have remained constant.

Form Four discovers goldmine in rearing earthworms to overcome unemploymentA kilo of earthworms locally retails at KSh 2000 although Muturi’s main interest is in production of organic manure who tonne costs KSh 70, 000. Photo: Enock Ndayala/TUKO.co.ke.
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One advantage that makes his hustle flourish is that warms are less expensive to maintain since they do not need any vaccination and hardly fall sick compared to other domestic animals.

“Worms do not have diseases. Nonetheless, they can die if we introduce manure which has chemicals in it. The only challenge they face is predators which we repel by making an appropriate structure to scare them,” he said.

Furthermore, the young entrepreneur noted worms feed on locally available feeds including cow dung, rabbit droppings if available, fast decaying leaves, non-citric fruits, the kitchen remains and water.

Currently, he has established market locally and across the East Africa region including neighbouring countries like Uganda and Tanzania.

The market price is currently KSh 2000 per kilo and Muturu observed it will get better going forward since people have started discovering the value of worms.

Form Four discovers goldmine in rearing earthworms to overcome unemploymentMuturi explained to TUKO.co.ke reporter that earthworms take between two to three months to mature and he earns up to KSh 210, 000 after every harvest. Photo: Enock Ndonyi/ TUKO.co.ke.
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He put the idea into practice some five years ago and has since grown into a company, Agri-Tech organic farm, which he operates as the founder and CEO.

The interesting part is that he has offered employment to one university graduate.

Another factor that makes this venture a goldmine is the fact that earthworms are hermaphrodites, meaning each earthworm has both male and female reproductive organs hence can multiply at a very high rate if well fed.

By Tuko


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KQ resumes direct flights to New York

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The national carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) resumed its direct flights between Nairobi and New York on Sunday.

In a tweet, KQ announced the move and topped it up with an offer to passengers who book their flights before December 10 that they will enjoy discounted prices.

Welcome back to the Big Apple! Today we resume our service between Nairobi and New York, and we can’t wait to welcome you on board. Book your ticket via https://t.co/hitS3Whxtp before December 10th to enjoy discounted rates ✈️🌎 *Disclaimer – video from our pre-COVID archives pic.twitter.com/1kET4h0kRK

— Kenya Airways (@KenyaAirways) November 29, 2020

“Welcome back to the Big Apple! Today we resume our service between Nairobi and New York, and we can’t wait to welcome you on board,” the airline said.

The national carrier last operated the passenger flights using the Nairobi-New York route in April after disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

KQ resumed international flights in August after suspending all its operations in March following the government’s directives after the firsts case of Covid-19 was confirmed in Kenya.

On Saturday, October 31, KQ announced that it had postponed New York flights’ resumption.

Through a notice, the airline said the decision to postpone the flights was informed by the increased cancellation of flight bookings to New York.

“We regret to announce that due to increased cancellations of flight bookings to New York City, we have pushed back the resumption of our service to this destination to November 29. We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused,” read the statement then.

Kenya Airways inaugurated direct flights to the US in October 2018, cutting the journey to the US by 15 hours and by October 2019 KQ had flown at least 105,084 passengers after completing 594 flights to and from New York.

by NN


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Bodaboda chama grows into a multi-million shilling housing cooperative

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A journey of a thousand many miles starts with a single step. A Nakuru-based bodaboda operator’s self-help group proved this in its growth. Driven by the ambition to have something to take home once they couldn’t ride any more, ten bodaboda operators from Barut, Nakuru West in 2015 formed Kianjahi Group, pooling a minimum savings of Sh100 per week per person.

“Being a bodaboda operator is a risky job and has serious effect on one’s health especially if you don’t dress properly for the cold. After attending a seminar in Machakos we decided to start making savings,” said Benson Sigei, the group chairperson.

The group grew as more members joined in 2016. After evaluating their progress, the members increased their weekly savings to Sh200 and eventually to Sh1,000.

“Before the year ended we were nearly 100 members. Our savings were growing and we had to come up with plans which some members considered as too ambitious and pulled out,” says Sigei. With savings of nearly Sh2 million, they bought a 1.6-acre piece of land which was previously a sand quarry.

“It cost us Sh2.1 million in buying the land and rehabilitating it to usable standards. We embarked on making savings for constructing houses which would be of similar design,” he said.

To make this possible they converted the group into Kianjahi Housing Cooperative Society Limited and introduced Sh15,100 registration fee and minimum share capital of Sh60,000 payable in Sh500 weekly instalments.

AmpThe group started the construction of two-bedroom houses in a gated community model.

“Every member now contributes a minimum of Sh1,500 for savings every week. Those yet to clear their share capital make an additional payment of Sh500. This amount does not exert great pressure on the riders since the majority make nearly KShs1,000 per day.

The group then started the construction of two-bedroom houses in a gated community model where four houses sit on every 50 by 100 feet plot. The cooperative completed the construction of the first 50 units majority of which have already been occupied.

“We took a Sh15 million loan and in addition to our savings we bought an additional acre of land at Sh2.1 million. In the first phase, we have constructed 52 housing units. 35 members have already moved in,” said the vice-chairman.

The cooperative has bought a third parcel of land on which they intend to set up houses for all members. Members who moved in during the first phase like pay Sh2,000 per month. Sh200 goes to savings and Sh1,800 going towards offsetting the cost of construction. The payment for the houses is spread over seven years.

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Enough is Enough: Kenyan man in US relocates to motherland to become a farmer

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In a bold move and which took great courage, a former Kenyan Diaspora man Kunga Kihokia who was born and raised in Miami Florida has moved back to Kenya, bought a 20 acres piece of land and established an organic farm in Murang’a.

Initially, Kunga had planned to be in Kenya for three weeks 5 years ago but after what he says was the realization of the problems affecting Kenyans because of western lifestyle which he himself was struggling with, he felt strongly to start an organic farm to address those problems.

Kunga has built a water tower to use gravity that allows the water to get pumped and distributed  through  irrigation into the field. Everything in the farm is powered by solar energy and he has dug a borehole that supplies enough water for the farm. Watch the video, be inspired  and enjoy.

Source: Diasporamessenger.com


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