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Peanut butter milling

Jane Ondiango's story

Jane Ondiango operating the peanut mill Ian Capewell

People in Jane Ondiango's family have been making and using peanut butter for years. Jane trained in food processing and, during her training, learned about the possibility of using a machine to grind peanuts. She decided to try to hire a machine with other people in Rongo, the town near Migori where she lives.

In June 2001, the local Women's Jua-kali Association managed to hire a machine and peanut butter production started. Members of the association and other customers bring peanuts for grinding and are charged between 10 K sh and 20 K sh (10p to 20p) to mill 2kg. Members take turns to operate the machine on a rota system, earning an extra 30 K sh per day.

The nuts can be bought shelled for 50 K sh per kilo. They are roasted for about ten minutes, cooled then milled. A kilo can be milled in ten minutes - ten times faster than grinding by hand with a pestle and mortar - and the quality of the peanut butter produced is excellent.

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