Pre-training brief for 50 urban farmers on "Agricity Foods"

Nixon Samba

Kisumu, Kenya

100% repaid



Nixon Samba


Kisumu, Kenya

On-time repayments

9 weekly installments  •  100%

About Me

Hello Zidisha Family,
I am Samba Nixon, from the City of Kisumu in Kenya. Am a social entrepreneur, Human rights defender, Urbanist and a graduate Food Scientist, Technologist and Nutritionist for the past 20years.

I am the CEO of Ohigla Group Limited which is a private company incorporated in Kenya to provide agribusiness support services and food value chain addition. Am also the Chairman of the City of Kisumu Urban Areas Association (CKUAA) which is a non-profit civilian body providing oversight on the management of the City of Kisumu and promoting the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact of 2015 and The New Urban Agenda (Quito 2016)

My Business

We aggregate smallholder farmers through agribusiness training, Agro-processing and market access support services . We are currently working with urban farmers to promote vertical farming technologies and urban farming techniques.

We are also focused on Small Holder Rice farmers in the Lake Region Economic Bloc (LREB) Kenya through value addition in rice processing and packaging, sale and distribution.

Project Proposal

We have set up vertical farming technology demonstration site at our head offices in Mamboleo. We now target to recruit and Pre-train 50 urban farmers from the City of Kisumu in the month of August 2021. Pre-Training Brief is a 4hour marketing activity aimed at exposing urban residents into urban farming technologies promoted by us under the AgriCity Foods.

Our head offices shall contribute to this in-kind by providing a training venue, furniture, electricity, ablution services, and a trainer. We now seek additional funding to purchase the following items to conduct this training
a). Trainee Stationery materials (Biro pens, Notebooks & Nametags),
b). Trainer Stationary (Marker Pens, Print Outs & Flip Charts)
c). Refreshments, Drinking water & snacks
d). COVID19 PPEs (Face Masks, Sanitizers)
e) Assorted Gardening Equipment

This pre-training brief aims to recruit additional 50 urban farmers and increase our sales revenue by atleast Ksh.150,000 (USD1500) assuming each trainee purchases 1 unit of the pyramid garden valued at Ksh.3,000 (USD30).

50 additional urban farmers shall increase food productivity in the City of Kisumu and make atleast 50households food secure.

My Videos

Jul 15, 2021: Agricity foods





Project Info

Project Type

Pay It Forward

Disbursed amount


Date disbursed

Aug 2, 2021

Cost to entrepreneur

Service fee: 5% of $73.29 = $3.66


Stefan Koshold

Mülheim, Germany

Iready Phiri

Kitwe, Zambia

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  • Nixon Samba    Oct 22, 2021

    We successfully purchased raw materials for urban farming

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  • Nixon Samba    Sep 18, 2021

    Thanks very much my backers. We shall be able to purchase farm inputs for onward sale to our customers

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  • Nixon Samba    Sep 17, 2021

    We purchased 10 packets Certified Seeds, 1,000 Nursery Seedlings and 20units of Organic Fertilizers for onward sale to the newly recruited farmers.

    This shall allow farmers to commence planting and production of vegetables immediately and start harvesting from the third week. This shall allow them have own food for their households while at the same time get extra income from the sale of the produce to neighbours

    This shall contribute to our growth through sale of farm inputs to the urban farmers whom are our primary customers

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    • Laurie    Sep 19, 2021

      I missed your project or I would have contributed!
      I'm glad to see your loan has been fully funded and disbursed. :)

      Best wishes, and please stay safe!!

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      • Nixon Samba    Sep 19, 2021

        Thanks Laurie, we are growing and so we shall still need your support in the very near future.

        Thanks alot for your encouragement

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    • Laurie    Sep 19, 2021

      [Edited on Sep 26, 2021 @ 1:00 A.M., E.D.T.]

      I watched your video, Nixon. This is really great work you're doing!

      Pandemic or no pandemic, this is the way of the future, to help solve the problem of food insecurity all over the world, especially since the global human population still is growing exponentially (please see my page, and no "TLDR" allowed, lol). Anyway, I wish that whoever planted the trees in my yard, decades ago, had planted food-bearing trees instead of other types of trees. I have grown food in large pots on homemade caddies on my backyard patio, though, and also in the ground in my backyard. I used to do this every year, but it's become more challenging with the effects of climate change: unpredictable and sometimes very wildly fluctuating temperatures to extremes of both very hot and very cold, sometimes in only twenty-four hours or less, so I think a greenhouse probably would be helpful. Anyway, even some edible plants, such as herbs, can be grown in pots inside the house. Everything helps. :)

      Thank you for doing the important work you're doing and also for teaching others, as well.

      I just saw a reference to Isaiah 66:15-24 on another borrower's page tonight (morning where you are), so I looked it up: [Isaiah-6615-24-the-goal-of-life/].

      Paraphrasing, the goal of life is for all of us to find our way back to God.

      I would say that small-scale growing of food locally is one of the ways we do that. (Humans surely will be judged with terrible disappointment for the sin, among our many other sins, of our ungodly large-scale agribusiness that we as a species have been engaging in, never intended by God, causing terrible harm to the Earth and to our own health and to the health of other species, too, if we think about it.)

      Thank you, again, for teaching others how to do small-scale vegetable farming.

      Best wishes, Nixon, and please stay safe. :)

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      • Nixon Samba    Sep 19, 2021

        True your sentiments here. It is estimated that half of world population live in Cities & Urban Areas. By 2050, this may go 75%.

        And this shall put immense pressure on demand for Food in Urban Areas and cities.

        Growing your own food has many socioeconomic, climatic and psychological benefits.

        It's our wish to partner with Urban households and Urban communities to strengthen urban food systems as way of ending extreme hunger, malnutrition and extreme poverty.

        Our business model promotes the adoption of simple Urban Farming Technologies but with high food productivity.

        We shall prosper...

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        • Laurie    Sep 19, 2021

          "Growing your own food has many socioeconomic, climatic and psychological benefits."


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        • Laurie    Sep 19, 2021

          [Edited on Sep 22, 2021 @ 12:35 P.M., E.D.T.]

          Disappointed to see this, though:

          Human beings are not designed as carnivores, and not even truly as omnivores, either... we're designed to eat plants: [uploads/2018/02/img_3970.jpg]

          We do not require meat... and, in fact, meat is detrimental to human health:

          I highly recommend reading this book: [Comprehensive-Nutrition-Implications/dp/1932100660]
          (Slender people, as I also have been my entire life, still benefit from reading this book, too, because it's about much more than just weight loss... therefore, please just ignore the reference to weight loss in the title of the book, if excess weight isn't a problem for you... because what's most important is the research that went into this book and all of the entirely valid findings of that research about human health, especially our long-term health.)

          Before the latter part of 2011, I was ignorant of all of the facts in this book (and in other books on the subject that I've read since then, too). My household changed its dietary lifestyle very significantly back then and has seen many health benefits from having done so. We have never looked back, and are better off for that, no question.

          Since we as humans have no need to consume animal products of any kind... (except for our own mother's milk, but for only about two years before weaning, as nature expects all mammals to be weaned off of mother's milk after a certain period of time specific to each species, and certainly not to start consuming milk designed specifically for another species)... and since, in fact, except for mother's milk (for a limited time), all animal products actually are detrimental to our health (most especially the older we get, but it detrimentally affects even younger people, too, which autopsies have shown, and you can read about that in this book, too), then it not only is nutritionally foolish for us to consume anything "animal" (which also includes fish), it just is ethically wrong, too, for multiple reasons, not the least of which is the cruel manner in which animals raised for food oftentimes are treated.

          It's very good that your country protects guinea fowls, and I hope that they continue to do so, forever.

          "And God said, 'I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you, it shall be for food.'"

          It was only after "the fall" and "the great flood" that humans were permitted to eat meat, but the fact that we *can* do that isn't the same as saying that we *should* do that.

          Consuming meat (and milk, too, past our normal age of weaning) actually is detrimental to human health (which, as I mentioned, you can read in detail about in the book referenced above... and you can find more information here, as well:

          It also is ill-advised for us to consume animals for other reasons, as well: [religion-vegetarianism-_b_3874652]

          Some other references:

          Most* of what's in this article is good information:

          In particular, we're meant to return to *not* eating other animals.

          *(Consuming gluten-containing grains is never a good idea, and consuming extracted oils also is never a good idea, either. A couple of references about that are below.)**

          This is enlightening, as well:

          **Regarding bread, though (mentioned on the page at that last link), the grains of today are very different from the grains of biblical times. The gluten-containing grains that we grow today actually are detrimental to human health, which you can read about in this book: (and, again, it's unfortunate that the title emphasizes weight loss over anything else, when really there is so much other important information in the book regarding other aspects of health, as well).

 [02/former-president-bill-clinton-healed-heart-disease-with-a-plant-based-diet/] "...Upon seeing a photo of Clinton [eating] a dinner roll, Dr. [Caldwell B.] Esselstyn [Jr.] shot him a blunt email warning, 'I’ll remind you one more time, I’ve treated a lot of vegans for heart disease.'..." (One of the reasons for that is because gluten also damages arteries... and it gums up the brain, too, especially past the age of about forty; a lot of the short-term memory issues that many people start experiencing in middle age *isn't* "inevitable" and can be avoided, to a large extent, by eliminating or at least significantly reducing gluten in the diet, and also by making sure to put some turmeric and black pepper in or on something eaten during at least one meal every day.) (Another reason, too, that some vegans can develop heart disease is because of being ignorant about how to optimize the ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids: [man-who-was-vegan-for-40-years-dies-of-heart-attack-at-age-66-why/])

          **Extracted oils, though, are not good to consume,
          not even avocado oil, not even olive oil:
          (14 min., 23 sec.)

          It's always best to eat the avocado or some olives, for example, rather than any *extracted* oils... also, cooking in water with herbs and spices is much better for health than ever cooking anything in any type of oil.

          This is one of the reasons why I try never to support anyone's projects here that involve making and/or selling extracted oils, or cooking anything in or making anything with any extracted oils. Extracted oils are not "food"... they are somewhat like slow-acting poisons on the body. They damage the body. The same is true of gluten, too. And the same also is true of milk (after the normal age of weaning for one's species, and especially if it's milk from a species other than one's own) and of anything made from or with milk. And the same is true of meat, for humans and for any other species not designed as obligate carnivores or even truly as omnivores (the human species actually isn't either of those).

          Although I wouldn't intentionally support any animal farming, I still would directly support your vegetable farming efforts, of course. :)


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        • Laurie    Sep 22, 2021

          "Not to hurt our humble brethren, the [other] animals, is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission: to be of service to them whenever they require it. If you have [humans] who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion... you will have [humans] who will deal likewise with other [humans]." -St. Francis of Assisi

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  • Nixon Samba    Aug 16, 2021

    Thanks Birte and Florence.

    Your generosity shall be a huge blessing to our venture.

    Be blessed

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  • Nixon Samba    Aug 16, 2021

    We recently received funds from ZIDISHA to conduct a 4hour Pre-Training brief for 50 urban farmers on Agricity foods.

    The exercise was a huge success (56 participants attended) and about 19 participants wish to start immediately.

    About 26 participants wish to start in a months’ time while 11 participants said they shall be ready within 2months.

    We remain indebted to our funders for the success.

    Be blessed

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  • Nixon Samba    Jul 26, 2021

    Thank you Phiri.of Zambia and Stefan of Germany for your generosity support.

    We will be able to buy training materials for 50 urban farmers

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  • Nixon Samba    Jul 26, 2021

    We were able to install a WiFi equipment and internet services from the Kalanet Communications Limited an Internet Service Provider (ISP) in Kisumu (

    We are now able to access unlimited internet with upload and download speeds of 10mbps all day long 24/7 shared amongst all our staff and visitors to our office. The internet is charged at a fixed rate regardless of the number of users and can support upto 100users at a time.

    This WiFi internet service has reduced our internet costs by 50% since it is shared and eliminated the need for Local Area Networking (LAN) cabling and regular maintenance.

    We also set up bulk SMS services and managed to reach over 5,000 of our customers with market and product information at 70% cheaper than before in the past 7days.

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    • Ulf    Jul 27, 2021

      Sounds very promising! Internet should be unlimited and free for everyone.
      Thanks for your effort Samba!

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  • Nixon Samba    Jul 16, 2021

    Thank you Ulf of Germany for funding us 100%.Your generosity is going to allow us buy a WiFi Internet Equipment and Set up Bulk SMS services so as to be to communicate to our upstream and downstream customers.

    This funding shall cut our traditional communication methods and help us save upto 70% communication expense.

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