He said in recent years HRNS training has profited 3,300 coffee growers in the area, an initiative which has enhanced productivity, yielding in Sh8m in tax collection from coffee producers a year ago by Rungwe District Council.
HRNS focuses at upgrading the lives of smallholder ranchers in coffee producing regions, and also setting up and enhancing their working and living conditions.
Launched in 2004, 45Fix is notable as an emerging model because it combines the technological sophistication of national online referral services with the local market knowledge of HRNs. It's tiny, for now, operating only in Charlottesville and Richmond, Va., and Austin, Texas.
Instead, as with HRNs, the company captures a flat percentage of each project that is sold and performed.
For his money, the best way to get in front of qualified homeowners is a local "homeowner referral network" (HRN) run by people who know their market, their contractors, and their homeowners.
Urban Referrals and other HRNs differ from national referral services in several ways, says Cohen.
HRNs are also "a very local, personal, concierge-type service," Cohen explains.
To find an HRN in your area, visit Cohen's Web site, www.home referralbiz.com.--L.T.
Another $2 million (Shs 4 billion) to aid the project which is expected to help over 20,000 farmers will come from the European Union and other development partners, Michael Opitz, the chairman of the board of management of Hrns