The Surprising Plant Helping Kenyan Farmers Prosper

Many families in Kisumu, Kenya survive by making rope out of sisal—a fierce-looking plant with sharp, sword-like leaves. The rope can be used to make bags, floor mats and other craft items. Yet because processing sisal is difficult and time consuming, there is more demand for rope than farmers can currently fill. Enter Alex Odundo. He collected scrap metal from bicycle sprockets, motorcycle chains and other sources to build machines that could efficiently process the plant into fiber and then rope. It took him nine prototypes, but Odundo’s machines—the Sisal Dicorticator and the Sisal Twinner— have proven a godsend for his community. With around 100 models sold, these machines are helping farmers support themselves amid the uncertainty of climate change.

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0 1. Judge-Jake commented 188 days ago

Another interesting story Suxi, but all your video's seem to coming from pretty much one website we might as well just go there direct.
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0 2. sux2bu commented 188 days ago

JJ You are invited to go to that source and pick a couple for yourself to offer-up...I have no claim to that site,and I just submit any stories that are interesting. ;)
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+1 3. Natan_el_Tigre commented 187 days ago

#1 Aggregation! Personally, I'm rather enjoying what's on the other side of this leaf he's overturned. :P
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