The Kaswanga farm is a collective farming project that was started in 2010 in the village of Kaswanga on Rusinga Island in western Kenya. The farm is approximately seven acres, which operates on a long-term lease, with four acres already fenced and irrigated. I am thrilled to report that several months ago,
Kaswanga Farm became self-sustaining! With the purchase of an additional 7 acres of lake front land, additional fencing, the construction of a fish pond and the planting of 210 banana trees, more than 120 families can now grow food year-round. The income from fish sales is being re-invested in the farm and is successfully covering basic farm expenses. Our next Kaswanga Farm goal is to build another type of caged-tilapia fish farm directly in the lake – a more profitable type of fish farm that requires less attention. We would use the proceeds to expand the Kaswanga Farm Project by: fencing another section of farmland to include more families; build a greenhouse and much-needed outbuildings; emergency funds for replacing irrigation pipes, generator and pump as needed; and enough fish to distribute to the families for food. This would cost around $6,000.