Animal farming is among Kenya's leading economic activity. In Riruta, Nairobi, most residents indulge in pig farming. However, pig feeding is a challenge. The farmers are forced to buy leftover foods from hotels and garbage collection points which is toxic for the pigs. They get rejected at the pork processing factory causing loss to their business.
Timothy Odongo, the founder of Lisha Nguruwe Swahili for "feed the pig" and a resident of Riruta, felt the farmer's frustration. He previously worked for a garbage collection company where he noticed some farmers would miss out on buying the garbage feed for their pigs.
Timothy makes readily accessible, affordable, sufficient and healthy hydroponic fodder in his low-income community.
He buys a kilo of barley seeds for Kshs.35 (USSD 0.35) to produce four kilos of fodder, enough for two pigs. It is economical compared to commercial feed that cost Kshs. 45 (USSD 0.45) per kilo for feeding one pig.
He joined the Somo Entrepreneurship Bootcamp in cohort 6. He is proud that he learnt the essence of record keeping, marketing, branding as well as the need to network. "I can easily pitch my product," he says.
He is excited about the partnership with Somo. He plans to acquire at least 21 trays each costing Kshs. 800 to produce 100kg of pig feed and embrace new technology for more effective, efficient production.
Timothy advises his fellow youths to cease opportunities to start social enterprises that would impact positively in their livelihood and the communities at large.