Submitted by Community on Tue, 2012-10-23 10:34
- STORIES FROM MAAI MAHIU, KENYA -
CTC’s latest endeavor is being carried out in collaboration with Brown’s Cheese, a local Kenyan cheese company, which sources goat and sheep milk to make cheese. This new project, created in August 2012 is already changing the lives of close to 6 local farmers.
With the farmers bringing in more than five liters of sheep and goat milk per day, CTC predicts this project to expand even more based on these current statistics. Presently, there are a total of 6 farmers in our Livestock Co-op whom are collectively bringing in close to 35 liters daily. This has not only created a job for these farmers, but they are now generating an income to supplement their family budgets and boost their living standards.
"Testing for the purity of the milk and cleanliness of the handling and storage protocol are just some of the key areas that we are in charge of on a daily basis," says CTC employee Samuel. "I am also preparing to start training the farmers on the need to maintain proper sanitary standards of the milk being collected." CTC works hard to meet the daily chores and make sure all the milk is being properly cared for and that each farmer keeps clear records of their practices.
In efforts to promote exotic goat farming within the community, Brown’s Cheese Company has given one male goat to CTC. With a simple structure on the land to house the goats, CTC is set to be a demonstration center for training on goat farming.
Samuel Gikonyo, CTC Kenya Environmental Assistant