Muguga Food Security Self Help Group (SHG) in Nakuru Town East Sub-County has received Kshs. 400,000 from the Smallholder Dairy Commercialization Programme (SDCP) to finance their animal feed business. The SDCP is a facility that is jointly supported by the Government of Kenya through the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
Members of the group applied for the funds back in November 2017 following a series of activities that included requesting for training from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries on how to prepare a proposal and formal submission of a funding proposal. After completing the training, the group whose membership is largely comprised of dairy farmers identified the preparation and sale of animal feeds as the business they wanted to venture in. They prepared a request for funding proposals for Kshs. 400,000 for the business idea and submitted it to the Smallholder Dairy Commercialization Programme for consideration.
Though the funding proposal took time to process, officials of the group received communication that their proposal had been qualified for funding in September 2018. Officials from IFAD and Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries visited the group on 20th September 2018 and advised them on how to maximize the funding once it got transferred.
To complement their animal feeds business, officials of Muguga Food Security Self Help Group officials visited Egerton University and requested the institution to train members of the group on yoghurt production. On 25th September 2018, representatives from Egerton University’s yoghurt plant visited the group and trained its members on the basics of yoghurt production. During the training, members of the group were taken through practical lessons on how to prepare yoghurt.
On the 28th of September 2018, officials of the SDCP facility held a meeting with members of Muguga Food Security SHG and presented them with a cheque of Kshs. 400,000. Using these funds, the group plans to purchase equipment including a mixer, a miller, and a dryer for the feed processing unit that they are currently setting up. Through this project, members Muguga Food Security SHG will be producing and supplying animal feeds to dairy farmers in Nakuru Town East Sub-County and beyond with a view of providing a sustainable source of income for the group and increasing milk production for dairy farmers in the sub-county.
Members Muguga Food Security SHG took this action after learning about the social-economic rights in the constitution and realizing that there are ongoing government programs aimed at h increasing income for rural households whose livelihoods depend substantially on production and trading of dairy and dairy-related products. Members of this group learnt this during sustained civic education sessions delivered by one of CTL’s civic educators.