Gichuki Wa Nuthu
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My Name is Gichuki Nuthu from Kiambu county, Kenya. I reside in Thika sub county near the county's largest dumpsite Kang'oki. When I bought a piece of land here 5 years ago, my plan was to ascertain how I can benefit from waste dumped without raising conflict with the community around who scavenged for valuable in the dumpsite. The valuables include but not limited to plastics, metal cans, nylon bags for recycling and stale food which are fed to dogs and pigs.
Only a few, if any, were interested with bio garbage from markets, residential and business areas.
I am Certified Public Accountant of Kenya and with my background in management accountancy and finance, I ventured into recycle of this matter to clean the environment, avail affordable source of fuel to neighbours and create employment.
In the year 2018, I ventured in recycling of this bio waste matter including sawdust from sawmills and timberyards, charcoal dust from yards.
Towards this, I engaged a local technician who calibrated a local briquette machine which currently produce 6 -25kg bags a day. We sell at kenya shillings 30.00 a kilo.
These products have ready market in the neighborhood where clients use briquettes in their homes for cooking, others use for warming up their chicken broods. Thika sub county has many chicken rearing farmers. There is also the nearby Nairobi city, Kenya's capital where a sizable population still depends on charcoal as fuel and we have introduced our briquettes as a substitute to save forest and environment.
We also use some in our kitchen. This has reduced our domestic budget substantially.
We have created employment whereby,currently we have one employee. We hope to employ more in near future after upgrading our briquettes machine as the current one has reached maximum production and it level of efficiency is not satisfactory.
We also utilise the excess space for chicken rearing. In the last festive season we managed to make sales ok kshs 50,000. There are also 20 hens that remained for egg production. We hope to expand the the project in preparation for upcoming Easter festivities in April 2022. We plan add 40 - 3week old chicken and rare for 3 months when they will be ready for the market.
I will apply the funds as follows in kshs
1. 50chicken at 250 =12,500
2. Chicken feeds = 25,000
3. Briquettes raw materials= 30,000
4. Labour 12,500
I will plough back the profit from continuing businesses to boost the projects kitty
1. We have limited the number of chicken to rear in our farm so that we can have a manageable stock for sale. We are aware many people who lost their jobs due to covid 19 economic meltdown ventured into these type of business. Our Target period is Easter festivities when demand is usually higher than normal.
2. Briquettes sales is not affected much by economic climate because as a source of fuel, it's the most affordable type of all fuel in the market. It is also sold in small quantities starting with a kilogram, therefore accessible to majority of residents around here.
Jan 9, 2021: Briquettes and chicken rearing in thika kenya
Jan 17, 2021
Cost to entrepreneur
Service fee: $33.24
Credit risk payment: $132.99