As a non-profit business, we are working toward covering all of the overhead costs of our internship and extension programs through our oil pressing business. We are excited to be in our very first season of this business, as we work toward partnering with local farmers who grow out sunflower seed and then sell it back to us for a fair market value. We have already built our milling (processing) plant, purchased the seed cleaner, milling machine, filtration system and we have purchased over 13 ton of sunflower seed from our cooperated farmers in this first year. The electrical installation for the mill is nearing completion. So we can actually start processing very soon.
Now we are looking for assistance to expand our capacity for this coming farming session. Farmers who cooperatively grew sunflower for KT last year when home very happy after selling their harvest to KT. Those who were skeptical last year are now all excited for this coming season. We are anticipating as much as a 700% increase in this 2019 season. In other words we would like to be able to help as much as 400+ farmers in 2019 be able to earn an income in sunflower farmers that they have never had available before. To expand this fast, we need your help.
There are a number of costs involved:
- Tanzania Food & Drug Administration (TFDA) certification
- Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) certification
- Operational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) certification
- Labeling and Bottling costs
- Operator & Nutrition Specialist salaries
- Product transport costs (from farmer & to market)
- Purchasing power for 2019 sunflower harvest
- Warehouse expansion
We have factored the above costs into our overall processing costs. We are targeting 400+ small scale farmers this year (2019). Each farmer will glow approximately 250Kgs. Transport will costs about $5 per 250Kg and about $33 USD in processing and packaging. This means that the total costs for 250Kgs is $136 USD and $96 USD of which goes directly into the hands of the farmer as earned income. While this may not seem like much in Western contexts, here in Tanzania where poor farmers are living on less then $1.19 USD per day, it is significant!
KT is trying to raise $53,600 USD to jump start the milling business and $14,400 USD for the warehouse extension for a total of $68,000 USD.
While this is a large number, this business will be sustainable from this point on. Ever year helping more and more farmers earn a decent living. Every year helping to cover costs of our internship program and Agricultural extension programs. Sustainability is the goal of KT and the goal we have for every small-scale farmer.
Consider being a part of this oil milling capacity building.
MRDS is KT’s charitable partner in both the USA and Canada, and from where you will receive your tax deductible receipt. To donate in the USA add the comment “Oil Mill Capacity Building”. To donated in Canada please use project code “KTTanzania.001-Oil Mill Capacity Building” If you want to donate in another country, please contact us for options. We have options!
Your support is empowering Tanzanians to lift themselves out of poverty.