Signage from Kilome

September 28, 2014 Leave a comment

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From ‘to let’ signs, to

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Room names. 

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Or all weather reflective corridor signs for toilets from 200 bob($3). Coming with options of door stick on or screw on.
These are the changing faces of rural Africa!
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This pair with door stick on’s for washrooms/toilets is Ksh150 this week.

You can make your orders using email: kilomeinvestments@gmail.com

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The Great Africa Migration in Kilome

September 19, 2014 2 comments

Like the famous wildebeeste migration in mara they huddle together in the thousands as they prepare to transverse new type of terrain

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I had watched them previously migrating ‘day & night’ literally millions daily. Every morning expecting to find the migration through, but ‘No’ a week down, then the second and onto the third, never on one day reducing in volumes.
They move both over land and through underground tunnels with some choosing to skip the tunnels sometimes creating patterns

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that resemble cave drawings of animals.
Their herds constitute both large ants and smaller sized ones

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carrying their colony to new grounds. Their migration is altitudenal meaning at different times of the year they either gain altitude or move to lower ground, this instance involved going up a Cliff face ‘that’s sometimes vertical’ ie gaining altitude

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which meant at times they had to go over terrain that leaned back and by the time they circumvent that section not everyone was with the rest

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Me too!! as i frantically sought to clean up those that landed on me.
Welcome to the world of ‘Siafu’ or ‘safari ants’ otherwise referred to as ‘Traveler ants’ in the science word, and unlike other migrants that get predated on during their migration these are

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Adventure for Children & Youthful in Kilome

September 10, 2014 1 comment

Get the ultimate Adventure and cultural experience for yourself and your children by visiting this site in kilome.

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Explore this site above, guided by locals. Let your children be led through the most adventurous & fun sections by their age mates supervised by a responsible adult.
Pose and take images through the ‘Glow hole’ either as a group, individual or family!

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Those unable to get to the ‘glow hole’ have the option of picnic along the way as they enjoy a birds eye view of Kyulu Mts, Emposha & Mt.Kilimanjaro on clear days alongside local hills and valleys.. This route is also a migration path for Raptors/birds of prey from Europe and Asia :)
Getting here: This is 110kms southwards by road from Kenya’s capital Nairobi or the International Airport of Jomo Kenyatta in Nairobi and is all bitumen/tarmac. Safe parking is available within the community at a token fee.
By Air you can charter a chopper or small plane from wilson Airport. Kenya Tourism Board tourism map has an airstrip marked in Konza plains on lower plains of Kilome..
– There after is a 2hr adventurous walk to (with an shorter option for the less adventurous).The less adventurous miss out on breathe taking views, breezes and picnic sites *[will cover that on next I'inside kilome' article]. Accomodation: For those wanting to camp

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There are several community sites where this can be done (email). Basic clean accommodation hotels are also available in the community.
Food: all year round different sweet fruits are available [Farm fresh & pesticide free]. Bottled drinking water is available in local shops with the best part being on exit the same shop will gladly accept the empty water bottles!
When prior arranged snacks like sandwiches, hotdogs & warm beverages like Kenyan tea, Coffee or Chocolate can be availed on location. Catering services for meals local available within  community, from mbuzi choma, chapati, muthokoi, etc [for family groups or organised tour groups]
All that over and above the genuine warm hospitality of the community.
Remember to carry enough disk space/memory cards for your cameras + spare batteries as you’ll not want to regret missing to record the experience.
Communication: There’s cell phone communication networks within kilome for Vodafone & Airtel networks.
Security: The community work hand in hand with the relevant organs at all times. Ensure you have registered your presence through your host before exploring. Remember to have a great time too.

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Sunrise in Kilome

September 5, 2014 Leave a comment

There is nothing as Enchanting  as watching an orange sunrise literally roll over the nearby hilltops. Well that’s whats been happening over the last month or so with sunrises coming up as late as 6:53am here in Kilome.

Here’s one such sunrise last week

 

 

Sun rises in Kilome

Sun rises in Kilome

Do you want to join me tomorrow as i view another sunrise?

The Skilled Tree Men of Kilome ..

August 25, 2014 2 comments

Occasionally you find you want to move out an old tree, either it’s in the way of your project, it’s getting old or is leaning dangerously! If you call in the right people, the tree can actually turn into an asset.
First in each team of tree experts in Kilome is the assessor who determines how the tree will be felled according to intended end use – at same time taking care of nearby power poles, roads, building & fences. (Here they determine which direction to fell a tree).

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Tree trimming - Copyright : muokikioko 2014

   Most mature trees are 25-50metres high and tend to fly when cut because of resistance from their leaves as it drops. So they trim the branches which is a skill as theirs a specialist climber in the group who determines which branch goes first till the trim is done. He then anchors a rope for pivoting the main trunk in direction they intend it to go.
Wait a minute I explain what I saw as I did these images. First two long steel ladders were put together but could not get to the lowest branch, the climber still has some 5-7 meters to get to it. That’s when you know it’s a skill – the bark was as smooth as a flask and slippery, with a width that didn’t allow a grown up to hold around the trunk. By the time he got to the lowest branch all spectators had fled fearing what may happen to the climber. We returned when he started trimming, one of the branches being cut cracked and bolted out swinging the main trunk at least 1 foot to n fro (imagine being on that trunk as it shakes that way). In the image above you can see him circumventing a cut branch on left top Qtr of image!

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Cutting main trunk : copyright muokikioko 2014

Next comes the power saw specialist who determines direction the trunk falls. Being a mature tree the full length of the blade couldn’t even reach the centre of the trunk. He was spot on in determining direction he wanted tree to fall. Again highly specialized skill as you have to ensure blade doesn’t get caught up by bending trunk as the chain can bolt your direction trimming you instead.

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1by6 Wood beams

This is where it gets interesting. When the trunks on the ground the powersaw Guy with his assistant determine how much timber and wood can be extracted from the tree and from which side plus length of Timber beams.
Do you require poles for roofing or cabinet boards or floor tiles? They occasionally engage an extra team member for finishing to required standards for items like floor tiles, curtain rails, table tops, etc
*creative furniture can also be designed for you tailor made for your home,office or business and includes veranda furniture or sign boards for your home, institution or office.
Also remember Kamba’s are world reknown woodcurver’s. This can be incorporated into your gift items or furniture from the tree.
Use email kilomeinvestments@gmail.com to hire one of the teams

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Kilome dryland’s new Users

August 16, 2014 Leave a comment

They don’t understand maize & beans, they also don’t see lack of banks, dams & boreholes as an impediment to their agricultural endeavours. Infact one of them said No to an order to his produce as I enquired to write about his farming without a dam,borehole or river source
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..when everything around is crisp brown!
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their gardens are full of fruit! But even better, they are more than willing to show their keen how to do it.

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Cassava Industrial products (part 4)

August 1, 2014 Leave a comment

On asking locals if they’ve ever failed to harvest cassava even in the driest year, the answer is Never.

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Cassava, a tuber that does well in semi arid regions like kilome without much input. The industrial process is largely manual making it easier to run in rural setups while greatly increasing shelf life & usability of products.

TUBERS

1. Skin – Cyanide is extracted which is used as industrial chemical (Main ingredient for Gold ore purification process), also used in photography industry and for fumigation. Highly Toxic and every country has regulations governing handling of same.

2. Tuber Flesh
a) Wet:
– Eaten as high fibre food raw/cooked while fresh
– pounded to produce starch for clothing and Food industry (eg royco & Maggie cubes)
– by hydrolysis starch can be turned to glucose syrups, dextrose, monohydrates and vitamin c for sweets, biscuit & candy industries.
– Glucose fermented will produce Ethyl Alcohol, acetone, butanol & high fructose syrup.

b) Dry:
To dry, peel tuber when fresh. Sock and wash, then slice up for sun drying [mainly manual ie labour intensive though machinery is now available for slicing and drying].
When dry crushed to powder & used as flour for cooking and baking.
- Minced and dried

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it’s used as a fibre additive in foods and also for making snacks with extended shelf life.
Compressed to pellets its used/sold as chicken & goat feed. It can still be pounded to powder later.

3. STEMS
– Cut into 1foot pcs  as seedlings for planting
– Stems & leaves pounded in hammer mill for protein extraction & waste fibre used for combustion as steam and power. Waste liquid fermented for methane, while its end produce is used as manure.

4. LEAVES
Used as vegetables

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..as well as animal fodder.

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*(Can also be dried & packaged)

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