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 80,000 state-of-the-art swarm boxes and hives and hope to harvest 300 tonnes of honey in 2017! These hives are being constructed by Rivendell in our woodworking factory, but we are also field testing our new plastic hive! 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. Fingerlings are sold to local outgrowers at a reduced price, who then raise the fish and market them. They 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. We are currently trying to dig wells at all our local United Methodist Churches so they can be living water physically as well as spiritually.
Due to a number of growing challenges, we shut down the hardwood door and window business and currently are renting our facility to another organization to us as they make doors and windows.
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