FAQ – Ari.farm

FAQ

General information

What is Ari.farm?

Ari.farm is an online platform that allows you to invest in livestock and make a difference by helping farmers in Somalia make their lives more sustainable.

Ari farm AB is registered in Stockholm, Sweden.

What does Ari mean?

Ari is a Somali word that means “livestock” specifically “goats and sheep.”

Who takes care of the animals?

For goats and sheep, we buy the animals directly from farmers and we partner with them to take care of them until we sell the animals.

For the Chicken we are building our own organic farms.

Where are the farmers located?

We have currently partnership with farmers in the regions of Mudug and Lower Shabelle in Somalia.

Who is behind Ari.farm?

Ari.farm is founded by Mohamed Jimale, a former nomad who turned IT professional. Mohamed moved to Sweden 7 years ago where he worked for the UN and started Ari.farm

Who is your team in the ground?

We employ coordinators who are experts in livestock. Their task is to be the link between us and the farmers. They also monitor the local market, buy and sell animals for our customers. 

Can I import my animals to my country?

Due to strict regulation it is unfortunately difficult to ship animals between countries. 

Can I visit the farmers to see the animals?

Yes, if you are in Somalia.

About the investment

I have ordered animals on the website, why do I not see them?

Ordered animals can take several weeks for us to purchase them from the farmers and register them in the app. We will notify you by e-mail when your animals are added to the app. We appreciate your patience!

How can I make profit from my investment?

As the number of animals you own grow from breeding,  you can decide to sell them in the local market price. Our local team will monitor your animals and the market. Please check the relevant animals you want to buy to see the potential benefits.

What is the estimated return on investment?

You can use our simulation tool to get an estimate of how much ROI you can make and how big your impact will be. Try it here

When and how do I sell my animal?

You can sell your animals any time between 12-36 months. Our local team follows the market and will take care of the sale. When your animals are sold you will see your money in the app.

Can i delegate the decision to sell my animals to you?

Yes. Our team will then sell your animals at the best time.

Am I forced to sell my animals after sometime?

No. You can always keep your animals as long as you wish. However, the guaranteed number of new animals will only run 12 months for chicken and 36 months goats and sheep.

How do I get my money?

When your animals are sold, the money is added to your balance in the App Account. You can use that money to re-invest or request to withdraw. If you request to withdraw we will verify your details and make the payment to your Bank Account. It can take up to 2 weeks depending on your location.

Who buys the animals?

We sell the animals to traders who export to other countries. Somalia is the #1 exporter of goats and sheep in the world. 

Who decides the prices in the local livestock market?

Local livestock traders usually appraise the animals and offer the best price. There are a lot of negotiations and bargaining.

Where can I see the local market price?

In our app you can see the current average market prices and historical changes.

I sold my animal, does Ari.farm take a commission?

Yes. Ari.farm takes 10% transaction fee.

Do I have to pay recurring fees?

All the fees to buy and care for your animals are included in the price you pay when you make the purchase. 

Do you pay the farmers to care for the animals?

Yes. We pay them per month and per animal. 

I bought a female animal for breeding. When does she get pregnant?

Goats and sheep usually get pregnant during spring and autumn seasons. However, there are other factors that may affect when an animal gets pregnant such as their health.

As you are guaranteed +1 animal every 12 months, you don’t have to worry about pregnancy. We do not track the pregnancy of individual animals anymore.

What if my animasl die?

No worries.  If your animal dies, we will give you a replacement. However, the cost of dead animals will be distributed among all investors.

About camels

How does the +1 for camels work?

When you buy animals for breeding you also become the owner of their offspring. Your camel may or may not get pregnant. However, to simplify the process, we are giving you a guaranteed number of camels for the camels you buy.

For every female camel you buy from Ari.farm you can get +1 new camel every 18 months for 3 years. For example if you buy 1 camel, you will have 3 camels in total after 36 months. At any time between 18-36 months you can decide to sell any of your animals.

What is the pregnancy length of camels?

The pregnancy length (gestation period) for camels is around 9-14 months.

When do camels reach puberty?

Camels reach sexual maturity when they are 2 or 3 years old, they begin to breed when they are 4 or 5. There is usually at least a two-year interval between calves.

Can camels have multiple births?

Camels usually have one calf and it can run few hours after it is born.

What is the life expectancy of camels?

Camels can live 40-50 years.

What do camels eat?

Camels are herbivores and will graze. Camel can survive without food and water long period of time. When they find water, they will drink as much as possible. They can drink up to 150 liters of water at once.

When does my camel get pregnant?

There are many factors that may affect when a camel gets pregnant such as their health. We have male camels for mating but we cannot say when your camel will get pregnant.

What if my camel is infertile?

No worries. You are still guaranteed +1 camel every 18 months whether the camels you bought get pregnant or not. We take the risk.

What if my camels do not have offspring?

No worries. You are still guaranteed +1 camel every 18 months whether the camels you bought get pregnant or not. We take the risk.

How old is the camel I will get?

It depends on the total number of camels from the herd. Usually 2-5 years old.

What happens to my camels after 36 months?

You can decide to sell them or keep them. However, after 36 months you will no longer get new camels from us.

About goats

How does the +1 for goats work?

When you buy animals for breeding you also become the owner of their offspring. It is possible that your goat can have 1, 2 or 0 offspring per year. To simplify the tracking of animals, we are giving you a guaranteed number of goats for the animals you buy.

For every female goat you buy from Ari.farm you can get +1 goat every 12 months for 3 years. For example if you buy 10 goats, you will have 40 goats in total after 36 months. At any time between 12-36 months you can decide to sell any of your animals.

What is the pregnancy length of Goats?

The pregnancy length (gestation period) for goats is around 5 months.

When do goats reach puberty?

The doe can reach puberty between 4 to 12 months of age, depending on the breed, season of birth, level of feeding/nutrition, and overall health status. 

Can goats have multiple births?

The doe can have multiple births (twins, triplets and rarely, more).

What is the life expectancy of goats?

The natural life expectancy for goats is around 8 to 12 years and in some cases, goats can live over 15 years.

What do goats eat?

Goats are herbivores, which means they eat only vegetation. Their favorite food is grass, though mountain goats also eat mosses and plants.

When does my goat get pregnant?

Goats usually get pregnant during spring and autumn seasons. However, there are other factors that may affect when a goat gets pregnant such as their health. We have male goats for mating but we cannot say when they will mate with your animal. 

What if my goat is infertile?

No worries. You are still guaranteed +1 new goat every 12 months whether the goats you bought get pregnant or not. We take the risk.

What if my goats do not have offspring?

No worries. You are still guaranteed +1 new goat every 12 months whether the goats you bought get pregnant or not. We take the risk.

What if my goats gets more than one offspring?

You will only get +1 new goat every 12 months.

How old is the goat I will get?

It depends on the total number of kids from the herd. Usually few months old but if there are not enough offspring you may get an adult animal.

What happens to my goats after 36 months?

You can decide to sell them or keep them. However, after 36 months you will no longer get new kids.

About sheep

How does the +1 for sheep work?

When you buy animals for breeding you also become the owner of their offspring. It is possible that your sheep can have 1, 2 or 0 offspring per year. To simplify the tracking of animals, we are giving you a guaranteed number of sheep for the animals you buy.

For every female sheep you buy from Ari.farm you can get +1 lamb every 12 months for 3 years. For example if you buy 10 sheep, you will have 40 sheep in total after 36 months. At any time between 12-36 months you can decide to sell any of your animals.

What is the pregnancy length of sheep?

The pregnancy length (gestation period) for sheep is around 5 months.

When do sheep reach puberty?

Puberty is when a ewe reaches sexual maturity and exhibits estrus (heat) for the first time. The age of puberty is influenced by breed, genetic selection, body size, nutrition, and season of birth. Most ewe lambs reach puberty between 5 and 12 months of age.

Can sheep have multiple births?

They usually give birth to one or two offspring at a time in the spring.

What is the life expectancy of sheep?

The natural life expectancy for sheep is around 10 to 12 years.

What do sheep eat?

Sheep are herbivores, which means they eat only vegetation. They typically eat seeds, grass and plants.

When does my sheep get pregnant?

Pregnancy is a natural process that we do not control. Sheep usually get pregnant during spring and autumn seasons. We have male sheep for mating but we cannot say when they will mate with your animal.

What if my sheep is infertile?

No worries. You are still guaranteed +1 new sheep every 12 months whether the sheep you bought get pregnant or not. We take the risk.

What if my sheep do not have offspring?

No worries. You are still guaranteed +1 new lamb every 12 months whether the sheep you bought get pregnant or not. We take the risk.

What if my sheep gets more than one offspring?

You will only get +1 new sheep every 12 months.

How old is the sheep I will get?

It depends on the total number of lambs from the herd. Usually few months old but if there are not enough offspring you may get an adult animal.

What happens to my sheep after 36 months?

You can decide to sell them or keep them. However, after 36 months you will no longer get new lambs.

About the app

What can I do with the app?

You can use the app to monitor your investment and follow its impact. You can see your animals, market price and your balance. We continuously post updates from our operation. You can also use the app to send animals as a gift to friends and family.

Can I get updates from specific animals?

Unfortunately that is no longer possible as it has put too much workload on our local team. 

Where can I download the app?

The app is available for Android and Iphone smartphones. You can also use it from your computer by visiting: https://www.ari.farm/app

Can I send animals as a present?

Yes, you can send animals to friends and family by just typing their e-mail address. They will receive a message from us. 

Can I donate an animal?

Yes. You can do that in the app. Our local team will then find a suitable recipient and send you a picture and a thank you note from them. 

About the farmers

Who are the farmers?

At the moment, we work with nomads who are livestock farmers in Somalia. Almost all of the livestock in Somalia are owned by the nomads.

How and where do they live?

Nomads move from one place to another in search of pasture for their animals. They lead an organic life that depends on the nature. They usually move during dry seasons in search of places where it has rained. For the nomads the animals are the priority. Right now, we work with nomads in the regions of Mudug and Lower Shabelle in Somalia.

How do you find them?

The nomads have mobile phones and we have local coordinators who are responsible in keeping in touch with the farmers and report to us about the status of the animals and take pictures for the owners. 

What do the animals eat?

The animals eat grass and other plants. They live in their natural habitat and are dependent on the nature.

How do the nomads/farmers survive?

The animals are the only assets that the nomads possess. When they need food they sell some of their animals in exchange for money or food such as rice, sugar etc. They drink milk and also sometimes eat their animals for meat.

How is Ari.farm helping the farmers?

We are helping the farmers in several ways. The nomads face problems during dry seasons such as finding buyers for their animals which leads to lack of food and starvation. We help them by giving a new market for their animals. We also offer ongoing financial support to our partner nomads who take care of our animals. They also keep the animal produce such as the milk. We are basically offering them indirect insurance and making their lives more sustainable. 

About livestock market in Somalia

How many animals live in Somalia?

It is estimated that there are about 40 million livestock living in Somalia. Most of them sheep, goats, cattle and camels.

How much is livestock of Somalia's economy?

Livestock corresponds to 40% of Somalia’s economy. Livestock is the mainstay of the country.

Does Somalia export livestock?

Somalia is the world’s #1 exporter of goats and sheep. Every year Somalia exports around 5 million animals to countries in the middle east such as Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman.

Who owns the livestock in Somalia?

Almost all of the livestock in Somalia is owned by pastoral nomads who live in the countryside.

What is the local livestock market like?

Every town in Somalia has its own livestock market, where nomads bring their animals and traders buy from them. Animals are appraised by the traders and after intensive bargaining prices are agreed and payments are made.

Why do the nomads sell their animals?

Nomads need to sell their animals in exchange for food. The animals are their only asset.

What kind of animals are normally sold in the livestock market?

Most of the animals sold in the market are male goats, sheep, camels, cattle. Some of the animals are bought for export and others for local consumption.

How are the payments made after a sale?

Nowadays, most payments in Somalia are made through the mobile. After a deal, numbers are exchanged and payments are transferred to the mobile.

Does Ari.farm have interest in exporting livestock?

We are planning to enter the export market. Right now we only sell animals to our customers as an investment but once those animals reproduce we will have a lot of animals to sale for export and in the local market.

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