Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
Girls are provided with cash purchase of passion fruit by KadAfrica which allows them to apply their newly acquired business acumen and profits realized through agriculture to expanding their farms or their entrepreneurial repertoire. One successful young woman, Beatty, has started a nursery school with her passion fruit money. Not only does she now have an additional source of income, but 75 children are benefitting from preschool care at the hands of this amazing young entrepreneur. These young women like Beatty have become inspirations to their communities. Not only do their families come out to support them at the farm, but KadAfrica now has a pending waitlist of more than 1200 farmers wanting to participate in our programming.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
As the largest passion fruit farm in Uganda, KadAfrica has worked with more than 1500 out of school girls to build successful agribusinesses. KadAfrica has published a manual on smallholder cultivation of passion fruit, provided seedlings, trainings and inputs, agronomy support, and a ready market for girls' passion fruit. Our young entrepreneurs have undergone gender empowerment, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship training; they have planted over 60,000 passion fruit vines on 90+ acres provided rent free by partners in Western Uganda, to be bulked marketed with KadAfrica's own production. On average these young women have earned more than $300 each, and collectively saved more than $2,500 over the past year. Through this model, KadAfrica has become a primary exporter of passion fruit, linking these out of school girls and their communities to markets in Kampala, the EU and UK.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
Our model is based on a two-stage scale-up: first empower, and then process. Now that we have proven our concept, and begun scaling from 250 out growers to more than 1500, we are looking to grow to more than 3000 out growers over the next 1-2 years. Once we hit this level we would have the volumes necessary to process KadAfrica passion fruit into pulp and supply juice companies with Ugandan pulp—rather than pulp being sourced from Asia. This would allow us to purchase from out growers at a price point of 30% higher than what is currently sustainable, keeping wealth within Uganda.