FINANCING CASH CROPS AND WATER DEVELOPMENT IN MOUNT KENYA REGION.
AFC has financed Lusoi Green Limited to expand its project that is on an 8.9 acres of land. The project is located in Lusoi sub-location, Kieni East division, Nyeri County. Being a dry area with scarcity of water, Lusoi Green Limited has invested heavily in sinking a bore hole for irrigation. The Company started with four (4) varieties of herbs and currently produces eleven varieties of herbs namely: Basil, Rosemary, Oregano, Mint, Tarragoi, Sage, Chervil, Dill, Lemon, thyme, Parsley and Chives for export with Basil taking 60% because of its high turnover. The herbs are grown in both outdoor and under 22 green houses. ECONOMIC IMPACT: • Employment creation: Created employment to 55 locals both directly and indirectly hence improved livelihood • Water supply: Supplies water to the local community during dry seasons since he has a borehole • Infrastructure improvement: Has improved access road leading to the farm and this has equally benefited the community. • Electricity: Has implemented supply of electricity in the area benefiting local communities • Football Sponsorship: They sponsor the youth from the local community through a football team which they have kitted and pay the coach as well