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Nestled within the Kitengela Juakali Artisan Association Worksite is Shamba Vermiculite Limited, a pioneering company in the extraction and processing of vermiculite, a natural mineral abundant in the Makueni region of Kenya. Established in 2012 by the visionary Mr. Johnson Mwangangi, the company has become a cornerstone in delivering high-quality vermiculite products to various industries.

Vermiculite, is a natural mineral whose versatility has wide-ranging applications. The expanded vermiculite produced by Shamba Vermiculite Ltd, is primarily utilized as an exceptional insulating material, effectively regulating temperature and providing energy-efficient solutions. In horticulture, vermiculite contributes significantly to the success of propagation, seedlings, and overall plant growth. Additionally, it finds application as a lightweight aggregate in construction materials, enhancing structural integrity without compromising on weight.

The Vermiculite Extraction Journey

The vermiculite extraction process is a meticulous journey that begins with mining in the mineral-rich deposits of Makueni County. The raw vermiculite undergoes rigorous screening and separation into fine, medium, and coarse particles, ensuring the highest quality in the final product. The next crucial step is exfoliation, where the mineral is subjected to temperatures ranging from 700 to 1000 degrees Celsius. This process induces the release of water vapor trapped within the mineral, causing the vermiculite particles to expand. The result is a lightweight and highly porous structure, with improved insulation properties and increased volume.

Exfoliated vermiculite

Packaged for Convenience

Understanding the needs of small-scale farmers engaged in horticulture and propagation, Shamba Vermiculite meticulously packages the final product in convenient 4-cubic sacks, ensuring easy handling and application. These high-quality sacks retails at Ksh. 950 each.

Packed and ready to sell vermiculite

At the core of Shamba Vermiculite’s success is a dedicated team of six full-time employees, led by the visionary founder, Mr. Johnson Mwangangi. Their commitment to excellence is evident in the day-to-day operations, ensuring that customers receive top-notch vermiculite products.

Opportunities in the Vermiculite Business

Investing in the vermiculite business presents a myriad of opportunities for entrepreneurs and agricultural enthusiasts alike. The increasing demand for high-quality vermiculite, driven by its diverse applications, opens avenues in mining, processing, and distribution. Entrepreneurs venturing into this sector contribute not only to the industry’s growth but also to the broader economy.

Discovering Vermiculite in Kenya

With vast vermiculite deposits in Makueni County, Kenya emerges as a promising hub for the vermiculite industry. Shamba Vermiculite Ltd, located in Kitengela, Kajiado County, epitomizes the untapped potential of this resource. Employing innovative extraction processes and unwavering commitment to quality, the company not only addresses market demands but also paves the way for aspiring entrepreneurs to explore abundant opportunities within the vermiculite industry.

For those keen on experiencing the benefits of premium vermiculite products, feel free to contact Shamba Vermiculite Ltd at 0725475480.

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