Kulisha

Fish for the Future

Kulisha produces low-cost, high-quality, sustainable fish feed made from insects, revolutionizing the aquaculture industry in East Africa!

Use Case

While aquaculture in East Africa is booming, many small fish farms do not have access to adequate fish feed; either it is imported and prohibitively expensive, or it is inefficiently mixed on-site with unsustainably caught anchovies. Not only does this mixed feed distort ocean ecosystems, but it doesn’t provide all the nutrients needed for healthy fish growth. Kulisha will provide a low-cost, high-quality sustainable fish feed made from black soldier fly larvae. We will sell a protein-rich meal to millers and a finished pellet product to hatcheries in the country. In addition, we’ll produce a nutrient-rich fertilizer as a by-product from raising the insects which will be sold at a low cost to local crop farmers.

Potential

Making animal feed from insects is revolutionary. The key problem with modern day aquaculture is that the current production of fish feed is both expensive and environmentally degrading. We will address both these issues, while stimulating a number of other positive externalities. Commercial insect production is a very novel sector and no companies are doing it in close collaboration with the local community. We will work with residents to sort their organic scraps and then buy it from them to feed the insects, thereby simultaneously addressing sanitation problems and providing alternative revenue streams. Our system designs have a relatively low startup cost and use locally sourced materials, thus enabling easy technology transfer and scalability.

Business Case

Kulisha will be modeled as a for-profit fish feed business. We’ll source organic waste from local restaurants and hotels; grow, harvest, and dry black soldier fly larvae; and grind them into a protein-rich meal. We'll then either sell this meal to millers or incorporate it into fish food pellets to produce a final product. Short-term success for our venture is establishing a continuous production of BSFL, setting up workshops for community members to learn how to sort their organic scraps, and completing the first tests of our pilot product. In the long run, we will put a final product on the market, establish a client base, take a significant share of the Kenyan fish feed market, and expand to other geographical markets in East Africa.

Objectives:

  1. Feed fisheries: reduce pressure on coral reefs and coastal communities.
  2. Feed people: bolster the local economy by increasing aquaculture capacity and promoting a healthy and sustainable form of protein.
  3. Feed minds: collaborate with schools and organizations to share technology and educate about the importance of local food security.

Team Kulisha

Mombasa, Kenya

Our Team

Kulisha Website / Published May 10, 2016 by Eric Katz

Kulisha Website

http://kulishafeed.com/

Our complete website with updates and info

Our Mission

The aquaculture industry is booming across the world. However, it is unsustainably powered by fish feed whose production harms rural fishing communities and destroys coastal marine habitat. Our mission is to provide an alternative, high-quality, low-cost sustainable fish feed made from insects. Our feed will simultaneously mitigate the negative externalities of the commercial feed industry while also promoting healthy fish growth. In addition, we'll collaborate with communities to provide alternative revenue streams and educational opportunities. http://kulishafeed.com/

Our Background

The five members of our team bring disparate backgrounds and disciplines together to imagine a more sustainable fishing industry. Eric is a business student at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and has entrepreneurial and social impact startup experience. He co-founded an education startup called Graduate, and is an editorial assistant for a social entrepreneurship website. Maya was born and raised in Costa Rica and is studying Environmental Science at Brown University. As her parents own a restaurant, she has spent a lot of time thinking about food and is passionate about food security and food justice. She's also interested in the potential of the project to reduce food waste and improve sanitation. Viraj, Lunalo, and Arjun are from Kenya. They speak Swahili and have developed working relationships with many people in various environmental and political circles in their home country. Viraj and Lunalo worked together on community-based elephant conservation and are both passionate about wildlife protection. With a background in Environmental Conservation and Natural Resource Management at the University of Nairobi, Lunalo has a deep understanding of Kenya's environmental pressures. Viraj is studying Environmental Science at Brown University and is working to strengthen marine protected areas off the coast of Kenya, while Arjun is studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of California - Los Angeles and is passionate about advancing technology for sustainable development.

Kulisha Website / Published May 10, 2016 by Eric Katz

Kulisha Website

http://kulishafeed.com/

Our complete website with updates and info

Our Team

Our Mission

The aquaculture industry is booming across the world. However, it is unsustainably powered by fish feed whose production harms rural fishing communities and destroys coastal marine habitat. Our ...Read More

Our Background

The five members of our team bring disparate backgrounds and disciplines together to imagine a more sustainable fishing industry. Eric is a business student at the University of ...Read More

The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.