As the demand for high quality crops continue to grow and stringent measures imposed upon food products across the globe, more and more companies are coming up with innovative ways to help farmers cope with these demands. One such company is SunCulture which is the only service provider of its kind in Kenya helping farmers mint money from tapping the sun to generate enough energy to irrigate up to 40 acres of land in the most affordable way.
Seedstock: Startup Creates Solar Powered Irrigation Kit to Help Kenyan Farmers Farm more Sustainably
Charles Nichols and Samir Ibrahim think solar energy is the key to helping small-scale farmers succeed. Together, Nichols and Ibrahim co-founded SunCulture and created the AgroSolar Irrigation Kit to help Kenyan farmers farm more sustainably.
How we Made it in Africa: Two entrepreneurs looking to transform agriculture through solar-powered irrigation
Poor rainfall is partly to blame for Africa’s food security woes. Two young entrepreneurs, Charles Nichols and Samir Ibrahim, are however hoping to transform agriculture with their SunCulture solar irrigation kits. The two told How we made it in Africa’s Dinfin Mulupi how they got started, their challenges and expectations.
All entrepreneurs are inherently risk-takers, but some are willing to go above and beyond for an idea they believe in. NYU Stern alumnus Samir Ibrahim and serial entrepreneur Charles Nichols, winners of the Audience Choice Award at the 2011-12 Entrepreneur’s Challenge fit this description perfectly. The two recently packed their bags and moved to Kenya, where their start-up SunCulture sells solar-powered irrigation products and agricultural services to local farmers.
When Stern alumnus, Samir Ibrahim (BS ’11), packed his bags for Kenya soon after graduation to run his start-up company SunCulture, which sells solar-powered irrigation products and agricultural services to local farmers, he was actually fulfilling a lifelong dream. “My original plan was to transition from real estate finance to infrastructure investment, and then use those skills to move into development. When my friend and co-founder Charlie Nichols approached me with the idea for SunCulture, I realized I could skip a few steps and move into development right away. It’s never too soon to start pursuing your ultimate goals.”