Josh (not his real name) is my friend from college days. We met, and that time the bond that brought us together was the fact that we came from the rural area, and this was our first time spending several nights at the city. We talked of our families, our values and dreams for a very long time.
Life after college was not so bad with both of us acquiring jobs within 6 months of completion. But our greatest concern was the salaries and job security. Our monthly wages could not allow us to have other investments and meet the family needs. We therefore lived on what we had and sent some money home for our parents to invest in subsistence farming.
Few weeks ago, my friend Josh lost his job due to market forces. This came at a time that he was considering shifting from his job into farming since the 2 acre piece of land back in Nyeri is capable of producing great harvest. Through his parents, he had planted the onions in a nursery and the plan was that his wages this month would see him hire the labor and buy farm inputs to plant the onions, but he lost his job. The company promised to give him a sendoff package but that as we came to discover is way below what he needed to proceed with planting. A big junk also went to service the bank loan he took previously to invest in tomato farming that did not go well due to causes that would have been prevented if he consulted a professional.
The past week, he spent his time moving from one agriculture and seed firms to the next asking for support and partnership in exchange for a share in profits but to no avail. Josh is afraid that his sendoff package might be invested in other needs without returns and this would handicap his 1 acre onions project.
The purpose of the Agriculture Hub is to invest in such people with limited capital, offering a pool of services from land preparations to reaching the markets with their products for a share in the profits. The services are to be provided by professionals to ensure that nothing goes wrong along the way.