Dairy Villages

Dairying is popular a popular livelihood in Kenya where there are over 650,000 small-scale farms. Many of these farms do not have electricity and are a long ways from the urban markets. Save the Food is helping these farmers get refrigeration so the co-operatives have more time to sell their milk.

Northern Kenya produces a lot of camel milk and camel meat. But due to the lack of refrigeration much of it spoils. Dairying is a popular livelihood in Tanzania, but a lot of milk spoils or is degraded on the way to market from the rural areas due to lack of cooling facilities.

Fishing Villages

There are many small-scale fishing villages in Kenya and other countries along the coast and around the lakes. If the fishermen had ice they would be able to chill the fish immediately so that it will remain fresh on the long trip to the fish markets. With ice the fishermen would be able to ice down the fish immediately, deliver a better product and demand a higher price.

Frequently fishermen in remote villages will take their fish to market every other or every third day. After selling their fish, they buy ice to take back to the village to collect their next batch of fish. The purchase of the ice can consume a substantial portion of their fish sales. If they had their own ice making system back at the village, they would be able to save that money for their other needs.

Rural fishing and farming are traditional livelihoods in tropical countries. In these countries, there is abundant sun light. The people welcome the ability to utilize that sunlight to make refrigeration so they can market their products.

Cold Drinks

In tropical countries cold drinks are very desirable because it is very hot. A lot of money and time is spent going to town to buy ice and take it back to the village so that people can have a cold drink. A solar powered icemaker would save villages a lot of money for buying and transporting ice.

For a village to prosper, it must sell to the distant urban markets to bring new money back to the village. The problem that small-scale food producers have is the cost and time of transporting food products to the distant urban market. This can be solved by forming a co-operative to collect food products and send it to market together. It is essential that dairy or fishing co-operatives have refrigeration capability to properly handle perishable foods when collected. Save the Food helps small co-operatives obtain an appropriate refrigeration system.