Kenyan tea industry preliminary survey for value-addition

Charles Butiko

Nairobi, Kenya

100% repaid

Entrepreneur

Name

Charles Butiko

Member since

April 2014

On-time repayments

120 installments  •  58%

About Me

I am Charles Butiko, a Kenyan Development Consultant (and trainer), with a background in engineering, business management & entrepreneurship, and environmental management. I am a social chain entrepreneur with interests in chemical & food technology, agribusiness, renewable energy &environmental conservation, education, research, and cottage industrialization. I work through both business, and community development models, which enable me work with
several people, schools, government institutions, non-governmental
organizations, and private enterprise.I am an innovator, a thinker and enjoy providing solutions to people's challenges. I also serve as a motivational speaker
during community development forums. Through Integrated Development program, I launched a number of 'community development initiatives' including 'integrated sustainable development practical life skills program'. Through this, I am constantly getting opportunities to empower groups and individuals.

My hobbies are traveling, discussing issues, and meeting and making new friends. I am very passionate about our recent 'sustainable practical life skills program' for community. We started with training groups and individuals how to make, package and brand sanitation & beauty products like soap, hair shampoo, disinfectants, and organic home-made insecticides. We then source raw material for them and offer technical support during their project work. This has received an overwhelming response and I can see it grow wider since we plan to introduce other modules in food technology, renewable energy technology, water technology, and organic/herbal health solutions.

My Business

I work as a development consultant, researcher, social entrepreneur, and community development leader, and motivational speaker. Through Integrated Development Agency, I have teamed up with others to create a difference in people's lives by partnering with various organizations to initiate the integrated development program which works and proposes to continue working in various sectors.

Our most interesting programme is the 'integrated sustainable practical skills programme'. This program has modules premised on different sectors like: sanitation, beauty, food technology, renewable energy technology, organic/herbal health, and business improvement. Sample practical modules include: how to make & package soap, hair shampoo, disinfectants (under sanitation); glycerine, lotions, creams, beauty soaps, other (beauty); yoghurt, ice cream, jam, tomato sauce, chilli sauce (food technology); biogas, biodiesel, energy briquettes (renewable energy); herbal health solutions (health); business plans, project proposals, strategic plans( business improvement). We organize training forums and charge at least USD 3 per head. We can serve at least 50 attendants per session and hold at least 2 sessions per week. Thereafter we supply raw material to all interested in making the products from home. This program is picking up well and complements my income from selling products like: soap, shampoo, glycerine, disinfectants, honey, and from other talks. I have also partnered with a firm to supply secondary school students with scientific calculators at subsidized costs (the subsidy is a benefit on costing based on bulk order discounts) early 2016.

Loan Proposal

With the loan fund, I am going to fund my logistics for travel accommodation and compiling my research work on a preliminary survey of the Kenyan tea industry for value-addition. Green Scietekplus, my research agency has been given this assignment by a bigger firm, that is going to manage the comprehensive research work for a government agency presiding over the same. This has arisen from the need to create avenues for value-addition to Kenya's tea sold abroad. The results of the survey will inspire changes that will lead to impacting lives of 4 million people in Kenya who depend on tea. After the preliminary survey, my team will also bid to be sub-contracted for data gathering globally and for analyzing the same information. After my team does the preliminary survey in the next 1 month, we will earn a net of Ksh. 100,000. I propose to pay the loaned amount with my own salary since I am also employed as a Field-Installation and Sales Engineer for a firm dealing in power systems, pumps, and construction equipment.

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Loan Info

Project Type

Classic Loan

Disbursed amount

$293.83

Date disbursed

Dec 1, 2014

Repayment status

On Time

Projected term

3 months

Cost to entrepreneur

Lender interest: $293.83 at 7.15% annual rate over 3 months = $6.41

Service fee: $4.49

Lenders

valentin

Stockholm, Sweden

investor

Candiac, Canada

F

faical

Cologne, Germany

Svenip

Vienna, Austria

T

thejacobnorton

Jubail, Saudi Arabia

J

jjonas

berlin, Germany

1

1dancer

Irvine, CA, United States

ads68

Melbourne, Australia

Cricketca

San Jose, United States

neocodesoftware

vancouver, Canada

D

DavidJSmu

North Attleboro, MA, United States

Evan Lamos

Brussels, Belgium

T

thebonseung

Republic of Korea

Z

zvrk2014

Brookline, MA, United States

Matching Fund

Sterling, United States

Paul Buchheit

Mountain View, United States

S

SaraNT

United States

LouisB

ZIDISHA, Mozambique

J

JessicaAna

Maputo, United States

ToddTho

World Wide, United States

LutianaPablo

Rome, Italy

KM

Kirsty M

United Kingdom

C

CSM

Berlin, Germany

M

Malte

Hanover, Germany

Family Mueller

Petershagen, Germany

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