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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+1 1. Judge-Jake commented 2 years 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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+1 2. sux2bu commented 2 years 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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+2 3. Natan_el_Tigre commented 2 years 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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+1 4. delorishathaway commented 2 years ago

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0 5. buckleg08 commented 8 days ago

genius....8-)
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0 6. Judge-Jake commented 8 days ago

Of course the downside of this if you have been there recently is that Kenya is now over run with rope, you can't move for the stuff, it's become a tripping hazard. People are having to find more and more ingenious ways of using the rope, someone initially came up with the idea of making it thinner and calling it string, that was very popular then one really bright spark started unraveling the rope into single fibres and invented cotton. People went on to to build rope houses with gardens and patios, by leaving small holes in the string doors they made the letterbox and had to start a postal service to make use of them otherwise they just caused a draft they made smaller holes in the doors and reinvented the key hole which added security. Then a Swedish Kenyan invented string furniture for the patio and they were very much in demand but beyond the average persons pocket, so a black market was set up and thieves would break into the string houses at night picking the string locks making their way onto the patios unravelling the string furniture and feeding it out through the keyhole to an accomplice the other side who would wind it back into shape and run off with it. Be careful what you invent that is the moral of this story! :D