THE WAY WE WORK
The farming is planned according to the two rain seasons in Kenya. The long rain season from March to May, and the short rain season from October to December.
SEEDS AND FERTILIZERS
The seeds and fertilizers for the agricultural projects are bought buy Momentum and sold through loan packages to the Momentum farmers.
We choose drought resistant crops which will do well in Kenya with a high nutritional value and with a market demand so we can organize our farmers in cooperatives and help them get a market for the product.
There is money to be made in farming and better methods to be used than the traditional ones. I have just realized this now and I want this knowledge to be shared.
Our Impact Model
A business solution for small-scale farmers. The good thing about our model is that it is 100% made in close dialouge with the farmers.
In rural Africa, small-scale farmers often have fertile land but lack the skills and knowledge to boost their crops and increase their outcome. With our partnership model, Momentum Trust provides farmers with an opportunity to become a Momentum farmer and to receive our input and training package, which includes:
- Supplying seeds and fertilizers
- Training in modern agricultural farming techniques
- Training in nutrition and health
- Training in group work and benefits of working in groups and cooperatives
- Courses on business techniques and how to make profit from harvest sales
For the majority of the world’s poor, who live in rural areas, agriculture is the main source of income and employment. Momentum Trust works to boost the farmers’ crops significantly and thereby also improves their livelihood in various ways; Be it food-security or generating income to pay school fees for example.
The Loan Packages
The farmers’ land plots are cultivated according to the two rain seasons in Kenya – the long rain season from March to May, and the short rain season from October to December.
During the off-season, Momentum Trust provides the farmers with loan packagesconsisting of trainings and instructions on modern agricultural and business techniques. Then, when the rain season begins, the farmers are supplied with seeds and fertilizers that most appropriate for the respective season while they now have the knowledge to cultivate their land to its maximal potential.
The loan packages vary depending on the size of the land for each farmer. The loans are issued at the beginning of the season and must be repaid by the end of the same season after the harvest. The repaid loans ensure the collaboration for the next season loans and thereby the cycle continues.