The air miles debate: are Kenyan flowers actually more sustainable?

The air miles debate: are Kenyan flowers actually more sustainable?

Kenya is the biggest exporter of roses to Europe, transporting almost 160,000 tonnes of cut flowers in 2017. The country’s climate is perfect for growing flowers, its proximity to the equator providing daily sunshine and mild temperatures year-round. But an increasing awareness of the virtues of buying locally is sparking a debate around importing such goods: isn’t it better to grow them at home? Intuitively, this might make sense, but a dive into the figures shows what’s really more sustainable when it comes to flower farming. Kenyan roses are by far the greener option Food, flowers and other agricultural products…

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Questions from the Crowd: Working conditions and employee rights at Rift Valley Roses

Questions from the Crowd: Working conditions and employee rights at Rift Valley Roses

In our Questions from the Crowd series, we address questions from crowdinvestors about our projects and business model in open blog articles. Got a question? Write to us here.  The following question is regarding the 75 kWp solar system project for Rift Valley Roses flower farm in Kenya, which is currently being financed on the crowdinvesting platform www.ecoligo.investments. Question from a crowdinvestor (Paraphrased) The flower farm industry in Kenya is known for poor working conditions. What makes Rift Valley Roses different? Rift Valley Roses’ response: We value our employees very highly and work hard to ensure that they have rewarding, safe…

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Questions from the Crowd: Does Rift Valley Roses impact water levels at Lake Naivasha?

Questions from the Crowd: Does Rift Valley Roses impact water levels at Lake Naivasha?

In our Questions from the Crowd series, we address questions from crowdinvestors about our projects and business model in open blog articles. Got a question? Write to us here. Question from a crowdinvestor (Paraphrased) Flower farming around Lake Naivasha has been said to have a negative impact on the lake’s water levels and ecosystem. Can you tell me what Rift Valley Roses is doing to combat this?  Rift Valley Roses’ response: Rift Valley Roses is situated around 10km from Lake Naivasha and 400 meters higher, on the shoulder of the Aberdare mountain range. Consequently, the farm does not use any…

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Project News: Installation is underway at flower farm

Project News: Installation is underway at flower farm

We are happy to share the news that the installation is underway on the flower farm! The installation of both systems began in July and they are due to be completed in August, as planned. In April, we financed two solar systems for a flower farm in Thika, Kenya, with a total financing volume of 260.000€. As the first projects on our crowdinvesting platform, we are very pleased with the progress and look forward to working with Ariya Leasing, our partner in Kenya, on many more projects. More information can be found here. Pictures from the 132 kWp rooftop system are below….

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Kenya: the powerhouse of East Africa

Kenya: the powerhouse of East Africa

Thinking of Kenya, a lot of people have a very clear image: dusty, unpaved roads through a vast savannah, passing clay huts and a population living in poverty. A growing economy and infrastructure Unfortunately this image is drawn by prejudices. By now, Kenya is a fast growing economic power in East Africa, which is why the economy grew in 2015 by approx. 6%. This growth let Kenya rise to third place in an overall African and Asian context, just behind China and the Philippines. Furthermore, the average gross domestic income of 1,160 USD is above the World Bank’s threshold for middle income countries….

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