Aloe vera is a product for which there is a large, growing demand in Central Africa. The gel from the plant is believed to boost the immune system, is helpful in treating many health conditions, and is used extensively in the cosmetic industry. It provides 20 of the 22 amino acids we need, 9 minerals, and sugars. Aloe vera can be easily grown by local farmers and processed into a valuable product. We have about 30 acres of aloe vera plants on the property. The aloe is grown, harvested, processed and bottled right here at Kafakumba, providing jobs for dozens of individuals. We sell almost 3000 bottles a month.
Bees and Honey
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Through a now-completed grant from the German government, Kafakumba began the process of creating a substantial Honey business. To date, we have built over 60,000 state-of-the-art swarm boxes and hives and hope to harvest 175 tonnes of honey in 2016! These hives are being constructed by Rivendell in our woodworking factory. This provides dozens of jobs required to build the hives and swarm boxes. The hives and swarm boxes are given to local villagers, who are then taught how to care for the bees and how to harvest the honey. That honey is sold to Kafakumba, providing a source of income for the villagers. At Kafakumba, we bottle and resell the honey at local grocery stores or mini-marts. Over 10,000 villagers are benefitting from the honey sales! Check out a great story here and a video about the honey here.
Fish Farming - Tilapia
Tilapia are a delicious and prolific fish which are grown all over the world, but are native to this part of Africa. We have the largest tilapia hatchery in Zambia. Each month, more than 200,000 fingerlings are grown. We have 28 fish ponds dug, with 11 filled with water, for raising the fish to edible size. Each pond is about 1 acres in size. Fingerlings are sold to local outgrowers at a reduced price, who then raise the fish and market them. In addition, we sell fish to local women who then take the fish to market for resale. Both the fingerlings and fish provide a good source of income for local people. They also provide a great source of protein for malnourished African children.
Cattle are a traditional source of wealth and food in Africa. Currently, Kafakumba has approximately 230 head of cattle owned jointly with the Degama School for Handicapped Children. The herd is located on Rivendell Farm, located adjacent to the Center. The oldest are 2-3 years old and are being bred. The Center has use of or controls approximately 10,000 acres of grazing land. The cattle roam free range each day with several villagers "herding" them. The cattle are gathered into a central location each evening to prevent poaching.
Moringa leaves are extremely nutritious. In fact they contain larger amounts of several important nutrients than the common foods often associated with these nutrients. They have 7x the vitamin C of an oranges, 4x the vitamin A of carrots, 4x the calcium of milk, 3x the potassium of bananas and 2x the protein of yoghurt! Needless to say, a little of this goes a long way towards addressing malnutrition! Leaves are dried and crushed to a powder and sold locally.
The well or borehole "business" is actually a community service where a team from Kafakumba accompany the well-drilling rig to local communities where they offer hope and health through clean water. The goal is to support the ministry by occasionally drilling wells for profit to support the ones provided free of charge to the community.
Valuable hardwood trees found in Zambian forests are being burned or turned into charcoal. The woodworking shop is making valuable furniture and wood products instead of wasting the timber. We seeks to promote the wise use of Zambian forest products, which not only save the forest by making trees valuable, but also gives much needed jobs, training, and income to local Zambian woodworkers. Rough cut timber is brought in and run through the Wood Mizer saws. The cut wood is then sent through the wood working shop where it is made into doors, window frames, flooring, chairs, and furniture.
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