A couple of weeks ago we received an email from a farmer thanking us for our service and mentioning she had increased her total milk turnover to 45 lts from 25lt and was working on reaching a total yield of 100lt daily by 2015.
So we called her.
Rachel is the proud owner of 5 Friesians. These include 3 heifers, one first calver, and two older cows. She lives in Nyahururu Kenya and has recently retired from her work and is now concentrating on farming. She joined iCow on 15th June 2011. Thus she has been on the iCow platform almost since the day we started! (June 3rd 2011)
On Friday the 25th of July I was lucky enough to pay a visit to Su Kahumbu, creator of iCow and her team at their offices in Nairobi to learn more about their mobile application and its effect on small-scale farmers in Kenya. My visit to iCow was part of a series of trips to various mobile application developers and companies who were involved in delivering mobile agricultural extension services to pre-dominantly small-scale farmers in Kenya.
"The greatest and only justification for what we do is in the success stories of iCow farmers"
This morning we spoke to Farmer Thuo who started using iCow on June 9th 2011 during the launch of our prototype at the Brookside Breeders Show in Nairobi. He has thus been on the platform for 2 yrs 8 months. His story is amazing! His only livestock are his 4 cows and 4 calves. Since joining iCow and implementing his new knowledge he says he looks at farming more serioiusly than before and has seen big changes in his yields as well as his animal health. One cow now produces 31 lts of milk compared to before when she produced only 15 lts at maximum production. Wow wow wow!!!