Horizon Business Ventures Limited
Producing natural essential oils to benefit local communities and the environment
F. MathinjiEcosystem Conservator, KFS
Dr D. KiambiDirector, African Biodiversity Conservation and Innovations Centre (ABCIC)
Horizon Business Ventures produces essential oils from seeds and leaves including cape chestnut, marula, baobab and leleshwa. Local seed collection groups, mainly women, supply seeds and leaves to the women- and youth-managed collection centres, where they are purchased by the enterprise and delivered to the factory for processing.
The enterprise follows a market-led conservation strategy: commercial products are produced for a growing market while helping to preserve biodiversity. By-products are converted into animal feed and organic pesticides.
Horizon Business Ventures Limited is the leading organisation, involved in operations, research and business development.
Help Self Help Centre (HSHC) supported the initial research and development, building construction, purchase of equipment and market research and establishes networks of material suppliers.
Kenya Forest Services (KFS) is the legal custodian of the forest. They are involved in training on best collection practices and monitoring the health of the habitat in collection areas.
Community Forest Associations (CFAs) and women-managed seed collection centres are responsible for mobilising seed collection and promoting trees grown on farms.
2017 SAG-SEED Awards is supported by the SWITCH-Africa Green project, which is implemented by UNEP with the assistance of the European Union.