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Peanut butter milling

Is the peanut butter mill sustainable?

Think about the following:
  • There is widespread demand for a machine to help people in the area make peanut butter.
  • The mills are usually owned co-operatively, so the whole community benefits.
  • Many co-operatives are run by women, whose status has grown as a result of the mills.
  • The milling process is helping some people to move from subsistence to income generation.
  • The mill produces high-quality peanut butter.
  • Machines can be modified locally, to suit customers' needs.
  • Skills in using the machine can be passed on to others. Butů
  • Some parts for the mill have to be imported.
  • Electricity is needed to run the mill, which over 95% of Kenyan households don't have.
  • Most people couldn't afford to buy the machine.


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