Plow Ahead Campaign

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Update!

We have purchased the tractor and several implements. Help us finish what we started. We need three more tractor implements to plow ahead on one of the most significant income saving and income generating projects for self-sufficiency. Read the full update.


what?

In December, Pastor Richard and Hellen Makani, founders and directors of the Seeds Ministry in Kitale, Kenya, were asked, “What is your most significant income saving and income generating maizeproject for self-sufficiency?” They quickly answered, “A tractor and its implements. The 70 acres of maize grown on the leased property feeds the orphans and generates money from its sell.”

It is our hope and prayer that funds are raised for a New Holland Tractor-90HP, a four-disc plough, maize2a 24-disc harrow, planter, and trailer for the Makanis. The lease of a tractor every year costs $7,500. Therefore, if the farming equipment was purchased, they could save this money each planting season. The equipment can also generate significant money because of its availability to lease to other farmers.

The purchase of one of the most recommended brands in Kenya, the New Holland tractor, will assure availability of parts and readily available trained mechanics for ongoing maintenance. The expenses for the tractor and implements are as follows:
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  • Tractor-90 HP: $55,000
  • Four disc plough: $5,500
  • 24 disc harrow: $11,000
  • Planter: $19,000
  • Trailer: $12,000

The total expense is $102,000. The good news is that we have raised $40,800 towards the Plow Ahead Campaign so far.

why?

There is the adage, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” This begs the question, “What if the man has no resources to fish?” The transformation of a community requires the community to have resources, especially resources for self-sufficiency that, in turn, provide long-term care.

who is it for?

The Makanis have been good stewards in the use of their income saving and income generating maize4resources that include raising chickens, tilapia, cattle, and goats as well as other projects, such as the woodworking shop, the greenhouses, and the 70-acre agricultural land lease for growing maize. At the present time, the funding of the tractor and its implements will support 218 orphans at the Seeds Children’s Home. It will also support the feeding, schooling, and medical care for hundreds of more orphans in the Kipsongo Slum located in Kitale, Kenya.

We thank God for the growing capacity to free more and more orphans from poverty, abuse, abandonment, and exploitation. Still, we need to help the Makanis sustain this growing capacity by providing the income saving and income generating resources. It is a dignity model of poverty reduction created to empower the Makanis and transform their community.

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P.O. Box 10753
Conway, AR 72034

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