Our village peanut business has begun

Path to community center

Villagers in an around our multi-purpose community center in Rhumathoi know just about everything about peanuts – or ground nuts, as they are called locally. They even know about crop rotation to control disease and increase yields. As a food staple in South Sudan, local peanut farming makes good business sense as well as a strategy to mitigate seasonal hunger. All the poor people of Rhumathoi needed was a small amount of start-up capital to buy the tools and seeds to get their business going.

Peanut farmland

In yet another promising partnership between Village Help for South Sudan and local entrepreneurs and laborers, the Rhumathoi community center’s peanut business is now underway. The land shown here is generously donated to the Center for this year’s peanut farm. The exact size of the farm is hard to estimate, but the community elders and administrators are committed to giving as much land as needed to support this local business.

Shelled peanut seeds

Our contribution to the farm was a grant to purchase the tools needed to prepare the farmland and enough seeds to plant one acre. The woman seen here has just helped prepare the seeds for planting. Peanuts acquired locally – whether for seed or for meal consumption – need to be shelled by hand. The peanut shells are hard, and the shelling process is long and painful to produce enough seeds for a community farm.

Retail space

The one-acre peanut farm is expected to produce around 3,000 pounds of peanuts at harvest time. The community will sell their harvest in a shop in the local marketplace. This picture shows the plot that will be developed into the shop for the community center’s retail sales, featuring peanuts and other outputs from the Center’s programs.