A Conversation With Kakuma’s Premier Poultry Farmer

Kakuma is a fast-growing town in North-Western Kenya hosting refugees, humanitarian workers and native Turkana people. It is approximately 120km from Lodwar airport linked by a tarmac road that has been newly constructed. There are also other groups of people living in Kakuma for work and business-related pursuits. The town is mostly hot with temperatures ranging from 280 C to as high as 360 C and the land is arid with little vegetation. In such a climatic zone, one would first presume pastoralism is the only agricultural venture with sustainable returns. However, my recent visit has taught me that there are as many possibilities in Kakuma as people are living there. I spent one of my afternoons in a poultry farm that feeds hundreds of Kakuma residents and noted some key lessons from my conversation with the farm owner, Mr Raphael Ewoi.

Raphael is capitalizing on his educational background in nutrition and dietetics, training in poultry production, hydroponics, and agribusiness management to run a 2,200-capacity chicken farm. His farm sits adjacent to his home in a fenced plot where he has constructed two shelters that make a home to his birds. In his words, “chicks require moderation of heat, lighting and water to survive.” A chicken farm must therefore be well balanced to provide the right quantity of each of these three needs at different stages of a chicken’s life. “There should as well be proper feeding and a vaccination program for your chicks,” notes Raphael in emphasis to how capital-intensive chicken raring can become.

Right from hatching, through brooding to maturity, the birds need dedicated care as that given to a pet. One may choose to specialize in hatching, brooding or raring based on their gifting in handling chicks. Raphael’s Poultry farm has a ready market in Kakuma where he supplies to the neighbourhood, hotels, refugee camp and to members of NGOs who often order already slaughtered chicken. Other than chicken sales, Raphael also sells guano manure whenever he is clearing his farm. On his bucket list, Raphael is on a mission to expand his farm to accommodate 5,000 more chickens and create more jobs in his poultry farm. He believes white meat is the way to go and he is charting the way from Kakuma to the world.

A Team That Plays Together, Wins Together

Team Building through Lenses of Vincent the Trainer

My best days in organizations that I have worked with before are those when we went out to play. Playing together as a team does magic in how we relate with one another, how we perceive work and the potential we realize in ourselves. Whether it is in a room somewhere or out in the natural environment, well-organized team building delivers many positive returns in uniting colleagues into one family. It is a sure approach in promoting working relationships that are needed in getting things done. Team building events can be coupled with training sessions where other disciplines like planning, time management, effective communication and resilience are taught. These sessions can also be utilized to promote the desired organizational culture or simply to break the ice between senior staff members and their juniors. 

In a world where people want more leisure and less work, organizations need to find a way of making work interesting. Making work interesting is a journey. First is forming interested teams, then creating a winning atmosphere in the team. This will take a well-thought plan to execute. A professional team-building trainer will help you identify the right venue, relevant activities to be done, share key-note motivational talks during the team building event and play the master of ceremonies role throughout the sessions. In most cases, a team-building trainer with sufficient experience in the profession tends to meet diverse goals of team building when involved from planning stage. Surprisingly, a trainer may end up helping to cut costs by playing a liaison role in securing venues, public address systems and related logistics that may apply in different forms of team building.

One of the best team building trainers of our days is Mr Vincent Ochembo who is known as Vincent The Trainer (VTT) in the industry. Vincent is a multi-talented team-building trainer based in the Coastal City of Mombasa. According to Vincent, a team that plays together wins together. He has previously hosted teams from different organizations including Government, NGOs, Parastatals, Corporations and Small groups as an MC and as a team-building expert. On his Facebook timeline, Vincent Ochembo posts some of the activities that he gets the teams to do and the venues where he has hosted team-building activities. He is reachable via ochembovincent2014@gmail.com. Vincent is the founder and lead trainer at PLC LTD.

Rick Okinda  –The writer is a Certified Accountant working with small business owners to deliver business plans that serve their management and financial needs. | rickokinda@gmail.com 

AFFORDABLE TECHNOLOGY FOR KEEPING YOUR ROOF CLEAN

We all love to feel good about the sweet scent, the warmth of family, and the marvel of architecture that makes our homes. Whenever we arrive, we are greeted by a first impression that is often a blend of buildings and vegetation. The impression goes a long way in determining the quality of life we lead in our homes. In this feature, we have observed that best impressions are inspired by clean walkways, pavements, roofs, walls, and lawns. Without shouting, a clean home promotes relaxation of the mind and adds happiness to life. In Nairobi, a cleaning firm led by Mr. Brian Ogutu has realized the role that cleanliness plays in making a home. The Nairobi-based firm, Clean Roof Masters, offers cleaning services for exterior surfaces of buildings using a simple pressure-pump technology fused with a skilled workforce. This has helped Brian and his team to avail quality roof, wall, and pavement cleaning services to their growing list of customers at affordable rates.

If the clay tiles or iron sheets covering your house have become less attractive over time or if the gutters that help you harvest rainwater are clogged, Clean Roof Masters has invented a solution for you. You need not replace the roof. A thorough cleaning is sufficient to restore the brightness that sparkled on your roof as when it was new. Clean Roof Masters also deals in the cleaning of water tanks, chimneys, pavements, walkways, walls, and drainage systems. The firm has employed the use of social media to connect with its customers. Its YouTube and Facebook platforms showcase its previously undertaken cleaning exercises through short illustrative videos.

What can be more attractive in a home than a clean roof over your head? Don’t we all want chimneys with no cobwebs, neat walkways and driveways, functioning drainage systems, and gutters with no blockages? Perhaps it costs a big chunk of money to build or buy that house, but to maintain its exterior beauty only needs a phone call to Clean Roof Masters. Email via cleanroofmasters@gmail.com or call +254 7 12 637 697 / +254 778 704 379. The business of clean roof masters is making yours shine and that doesn’t have to cost you more than a bar of chocolate for every square foot that you need to be cleaned.

Rick Okinda                                        

The writer is a Certified Accountant working with small business owners to deliver business plans that serve their management and financial needs. | rickokinda@gmail.com