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Our Mission: KOMAZA is a nonprofit organization
committed to ending chronic poverty in Kenya by
promoting health, economic growth, education, and
• Our Mantra: The best way to end chronic poverty is
through social enterprises--combining a social mission with
high-quality profitable business models. Everyone wins
when ending poverty is profitable!
• To this end, we will teach poverty-stricken Kenyans how to establish and maintain small businesses that will be money-generating, thereby generating a self-sustaining source of income that enables purchase of food, water purification units, and healthcare.
Note: KOMAZA is currently under the fiscal sponsorship of Foundation of Sustained Development located in San Francisco CA (www.fsdinternational.org )
In March of 2006, KOMAZA was established in Kilifi District, one of the poorest and least developed districts in Kenya--over 60% of the 600,000 people live in absolute poverty (less than $15/adult/month).We firmly believe
that the best way to end this chronic poverty is through social enterprises--combining a social mission with profitable business models. Our initial project is to teach poor rural farmers how to establish and maintain tree farms, and to establish markets for the wood the farmers generate.The local, regional, and international wood
markets are extremely favorable--trees can be sold as
diverse output products, including fuelwood/charcoal,
building poles, sawn lumber, and electricity/telephone
transmission poles. By selling to these various markets,
Eucalyptus farming in Kenya has incredible intrinsic potential: investing $600 in 1-acre of top-quality
planting inputs yields US$6,000-$30,000 of profit over 7-10 years to be shared between the local
communities and KOMAZA (a return on investment of 10-60X--depending on output markets). With the current average income in Kilifi at ~US$300/family/year, such substantial revenues from tree farming can provide incredible capital for families to re-invest in further growth and development
- Maureen Howard
- 415 2834873
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