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Guided by Manu, an ex solidarity holidayer who never keeps still and loves to get involve in new adventures, and with Pablo’s help, Afrikable has now an ecological allotment and a henhouse!

Our shamba was already taking shape with the school, the dining room, the holidayers area, etc, but it was time to start making the most out of the whole available land.

The goals were clear: Supplying the kitchen with highly demanded products, giving the shamba some freshness by contributing more green areas, and educating women and children in environmental and farming topics, all of this by recycling as much as possible, both when producing and in the future maintenance in order to make it more sustainable, which is also very important in Afrikable’s culture.

Our “allotmenters”, Manu and Pablo, who was convinced by the first one to come to Lamu for a few weeks, started to do some tests to get the necessary conditions. They told me they were facing a big starting problem since the soil in Lamu is very sandy, itdoesn’t keep the nutrients, and, therefore, it is not suitable for farming. The solution was found by mixing it up with the clay soil in Manda, the opposite island, and providing it with nutrients containing cow manure. After several tests, they have come up with the perfect mixture for our allotment. Substratum ready!

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With the kids running around everywhere and everyone happily walking the shamba, it was necessary to set some terraces up, for which they used the abandoned coconut palms wood –to fence the substratum and the plantation zone in.

Mainly tomatoes, peppers and potatoes –besides aubergines, passion fruit, papaya, mchicha and lady’s fingers− have been grown for self-sufficiency. Aromatic plants such as mint, lavender or basil have been included for consumption, but also to create an ecosystem that attracts plague predators such as bees. We must remember our ecological allotment and avoid any ‘pesticide’.

Not only the allotment area has been grown but also terraces have been put around the fence, where climbing plants will be grown not only for decoration but also to provide freshness and to work as windbreaker.

In the future, they will carry on the work in the school area, where the idea is to grow passion fruit and a flamboyant tree to provide that area in the shamba with shade.

And with our intention of recycling, some large cans have been placed to work as compost bins, to recycle Afrikable’s organic waste, and to get our own compost for our allotment to be able to be self-sufficient.



What can we do about food leftovers? With the same recycling spirit, our boys have set a henhouse up with the macuti of the former school. This henhouse has a capacity of roughly 25/30 hens, although at the moment we just have 4. We hope they can provide the project with eggs. Our ‘posh’ hens, as Manu has called them, will feed on food leftovers, thus reducing the project leftovers to the top.



Author: Ana García Chaves | Translator: Sara Vivarelli

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Afrikable is a Spanish charitable organisation, registered in the National Register of Associations under number 1/1/594088 and in the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID)'s Register of Non-Governmental Organisations under number 2033.


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