xorafaki.gr

xorafaki.gr

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Last Update: June 24, 2014

If you have underexploited land and thinking of using it for an extra income, if you believe that agriculture may be your future business, but you don't know how to start, xorafaki.gr has the answers. Our team of experts gives you solutions regarding your land customized to your needs and goals.

Founded: 2013 Type: for profit

The Problem

Greek farmland that used to provide with the essentials, is an asset passed from one generation to the next. Today a major turn to agriculture has lead Greecks trying to cultivate this land to either gain an extra income or to use it as the basis for their full time new profession as farmers. But how people from the city, or with little experience in agriculture and the industry will decide what to cultivate and how to grow and sell their crops?

The Solution

xorafaki.gr is an online service created to guide you through the first steps of utilizing your plot of land, from cultivation to production, the placing and even standardization and export of your products. We adjust our proposals to your needs, considering the time and money you have available. We give you the realistic return of your plantation, expenses and income, all customized to the specifications of your land and your profile. We help you schedule your cultivation tasks, introduce you to agronomist and other farmers in your area, to suppliers and merchants willing to buy your first crop in fair price to get you started. All these following sustainability, and best cultivation practices.

Example

John, 33 from Athens had family income 10.000€ p/y spent in rent, food, commute and daily expenses. Available land of 3.5 acres in N. Evia and a budget of 6.000€. Supported by xorafaki.gr in 2013 he planted 0.5 acres spicy chicory and 3 acres okra (spring plantation) and carrots (fall plantation). He is now living at his family owned house in N. Evia, with a yearly income of 13.000€ that is expected to be increased by 45% when his plantation reaches full production. He is working with xorafaki.gr to certify his production and to package his products in order to increase his profit margin.

Impact

In our 1.5 years of being online, we have developed a community of 6000 people asking for our advice regarding information on cultivating. More than 500 have gotten in touch discussing specific information regarding their land and their goals. 30% of people who give us these info, return to buy our service in a course of 3 to 6 months. Customer satisfaction is high, 90% said our service topped their expectations. 75% have recommended us to a friend, 90% are happy to do so. Xorafaki.gr helps people change their lives using the available resources and educates them to use sustainable solutions to produce safe products for both man and environment. Our goal is to expand our online services to coaching, monitoring, certification, processing and packaging and sales management. Our target is small producers who are in need for low cost but easy to understand and implement realistic solutions.

Full Impact Potential

We want to become the tool for the small scale producer, so that He can have the intellet and support to cultivate, process and trade food with sustainability, quality and stafety. Thus we are desingning the expansion of our service through out the whole process from farm to fork and looking ways to adapt them for small farmers globally.

Budget: $10,000 - $50,000

Financial Sources

Individuals, Foundations, Clients, Other

Sustainability Plan

Xorafaki has already paid of its staring capital. For launching the new services we have generated the 15% of the amount from the current operating activities. We plan to invest 35% with our own capital and 50% from funding bodies or/ and private investors. Our revenue comes from selling our services that will cover all our operation costs and will give a profit margin 15-20%.

Marketplace

Although xorafaki.gr has no direct competition there is a number of organizations that support new farmers and agriculture, such as agrosimvoulos and organization earth, by providing educational seminars in cultivation and farming. In additions there are services concerning loans and contractual farming from Piraeus Bank. The services of the organizations above are exclusively for full time farmers. Our difference is that our services are online and customized not only to the specifications of the land but also to the way of life of the customer, who may not have farming as main profession.

Founding Story

xorafaki.gr is the child of lotus business consulting, a consulting company in the agribusiness sector, operating in Greece for the past 14 years. Yiouli took over since the founder, her father died in 2010. She believed that online consulting can be as effective as face to face consulting, for some cases, but could not figure out the formula. The constant question of people regarding the better use of the patrogonical land has led her into creating xorafaki.gr.

Team Explanation

In our team you find 2 agronomists, 1 food technologist, 1 economic consultant 1 communication and marketing consultant, 1 sales person and the internet team. We also have affiliations with experts on trading, cultivation, and farmers and cooperatives that give us insights and technical feedback when needed. Our team is sharing cost, staff and infrastructure with LBC and or project team is formed adhoc with the order.

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