Training and upskilling
People in the local community have been provided with essential training and qualifications such as a three year course on Community Development for one of the residents of Tsavo, Lydia. Lydia’s training allows her to work alongside the Global Angels team by connecting with the community and engaging local women for work. Other residents are receiving training and qualifications on mill management and are receiving paid salaries for poultry and farm management.
The team have also connected with Local Government Extension Officers who will join the Global Angels community teaching programme. This free teaching programme is offered to local farmers and allows them to develop skills to manage the mill and farm produce on the Global Angels farm. The weather conditions in Kenya are so arduous that the farm functions as a ‘trial and error’ space for how to successfully grow crops. This allows local farmers to end the cycle of saving up for months or years to buy seeds/crops only to fail at growing them due to lack of knowledge on how to harvest.
With a recently bought incubator, around 100 indigenous chicks are now hatching weekly with a future goal of having 1,000 indigenous birds alongside 1,000 birds to be raised for meat production. The team has also been experimenting with growing feed for the poultry, such as insects grown in waste food products from the farm, and barley grass grown in large quantities from germinating barley grains - one kilogram of barley provides seven kilograms of barley grass in just seven days.
The team has also completed the first stage of an enlargement to the free-range area using ‘live’ fence posts, trenches to capture and store water and with trees and ground cover added to provide more natural food for the poultry. Experimenting with regenerative farming techniques, Global Angels and the community have also developed a small vermiculture farm which turns plant material into fertile compost and nutrient-rich plant feed.