Our Mission

LishaBora’s mission is to improve the profitability and sustainability of smallholder dairy farming in Kenya through high impact products and services, and through the digitization and formalization of the informal dairy sector.

Our Vision

LishaBora’s vision is to be the last-mile distributor for rural East Africa spreading high quality products and best farming practices across the region by harnessing the power of micro-entrepreneurs through business development and credit solutions.

Our Solution

LishaBora provides input and practices, and co-manages outputs for Kenya’s smallholder dairy farmers to enable more informed farm management and credit and banking solution. By sourcing quality-assured dry-feeds and animal health products and delivery to the farmer, we improve access to inputs and reduce cost for smallholders. By engaging our customers with grass management and best farming practices demonstrations, we ensure their cow’s productivity is not hindered by forage shortages or preventable diseases. To scale our high-quality feeds, silage services and best farming practices, LishaBora works with dairy traders, representing the informal market where 70% of milk sales are generated. By formalizing and digitizing their milk collection process through LishaBora’s business management mobile application, we improve market access for smallholders, and provide credit solutions to a segment of the population which had no credit before. LishaBora is the only feed company working throughout the value chain, addressing the systemic reasons that keep smallholders trapped in poverty.

Where We Operate

Coming soon - an interactive map of where our traders and farmers are operating!

“Before we were introduced to LishaBora feeds, our cows were producing small quantities of milk that were barely enough to feed our own families. Now we are seeing up to 50% increase in milk production, our cows are healthier and our community is happier and healthier too. We are very thankful LishaBora has entered our lives. Now we can stand together as a community of smallholder farmers and traders to grow our businesses together.”
— Njeri, Kambaa, Central Kenya

Statistics on Kenya's Dairy Industry

  • A smallholder farmer is one who owns 1-5 cows and makes less than 2 USD per day
  • More than 2 million smallholder dairy farmers in Kenya contribute to 7% of Kenya’s 70 Billion USD GDP 
  • Smallholder farmers are only producing 30% of their cows' milk potential
  • Dry feeds from large producers form a 1.5 billion USD industry and make up 80% of smallholder farmers input cost
  • Current standards that farmers abide by is that the best dry feed product = best dairy practices, which is not true
  • Dairy traders are micro-entrepreneurs who collect the milk of 10-150 smallholder farmers

there is huge potential in working with the informal dairy market to digitize, improve bookkeeping practices, and grow a dairy trader’s business because it scales the impact on smallholder dairy farmers 

Through the LishaBora app, dairy traders can digitize the daily process of milk collection, accounting, and bi-monthly bulk payouts to their farmers. LishaBora provides the dairy trader with the business metrics and data analytics needed to grow their business. The data collected from daily milk collection paired with bi-weekly payouts (via diverse platforms like mPesa - mobile money transfers, and bank transfers) to build credit and makes smallholder farmers - who have had no previous access to financial institutions - bankable. 

Milestones to date

  • LishaBora has impacted 657 farmers since its founding
  • Farmers have seen an average increase of 78% net profits since switching to LishaBora - Jawabu dry feeds
  • Silage techniques increase milk production by 60-190% and have significant environmental impacts
  • Digitization of daily transactions frees up 25-50% of a dairy traders time, which can be spent on growing their business
  • 52% of our smallholder farmers are women, which ensures stabilized income for socio-economic needs
  • 75% of our dairy traders are under 35 years of age, which increases rates of youth employment