Livelihood Empowerment Organization

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Livelihood Empowerment Organization: Empower income generation groups

Iringa Municipal, TanzaniaIringa Municipal, Tanzania
Year Founded:
2014
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Growth
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Empower community action groups is the project designed to empower the registered groups with a potential package for their income generating activities where group management skills,business planning,financial management and entrepreneurship skills and solar driers will be provided to each group

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

After six months of the project,the total of 100 unemployed will be self employed and their livelihood income will be raised up to 30%
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The 80% of Tanzanians are mostly depending on agriculture.Currently our country is driven by the policy called KILIMO KWANZA which means agriculture first.The community accepted it by increasing productivity but nothing has been done to train them on agri- business skills and make sure the products are stored and sold accordingly,Most of crops are spoiled due to poor storage facilities.Also there are no adequate markets for the products

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The farmers in groups will be given business development services in the area of management,financial management,entrepreneurship,business planning and customer care skills.Also they will be given the skills on how to dry different crops as the method of storing them.Then they will be given the market to sell their products with a good and profitable price. Therefore the total of ten farmer groups will be given the machines that will be used for drying their crops.The total of 50 machines will be distributed where each group will get five machines which will be used to dry their crops and sell them to the market which is one of our partner(Cheetah Development).Each machine can generate not less than two hundred thousands Tanzania shillings
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The solutions that will make differences are as follows. The provisions of storage facilities which is environmental friendly and economic,there are no or less repair of machines because it uses only solar energy for production. The use of drying machines for storage can be done by any person because it requires the little knowledge on the use of machine and thermometer readings. The assured market of agricultural products which previously was not satisfactory

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Up to date only two groups has been provided with agri- business skills and they are in the process of getting ten machines where they total of one million Tanzania shillings will be generated per month in each group and after six months they will be in the position of buying other ten machines and then from seventh month the income will be raised to three millions Tanzania shillings.It must be noted that one machine can generate more than two hundred shillings per month with the profit of more than one hundred and thirty Tanzanian shillings.Therefore in the group of ten members they can share eight hundred thousands Tanzania shillings but after six years they can generate two and half millions Tanzania shillings. After one year each individual person in the group will be able to buy his own ten machines,and therefore to be officially self employed and generate more profits.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

The intervention can eradicate poverty and unemployment because after one year of operation,the beneficiaries will be able to own more than ten machines which can generate more than one million profit per month,also it will stimulate vegetable and fruit production because there are assured markets for their products.Also the livelihood standards will also be improved and poverty will be eradicated.Moreover the regional and national economy will be raised and poverty eradication will successiful
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

To ensure financial sustainability,the machines will be provided in loan basis and returns will be payed in monthly basis until the total of 500,000 Tshs per machine is totally paid.Moreover after sales of agricultural crops every member in the group must save ten percent of monthly income as the bond for maintaining machine.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Another organization who are addressing the same project is Cheetah Development,but they failed to cover all community in need.Empower community in action groups will benefit more peoples in wide area of coverage
Team

Founding Story

The idea was developed as the mechanism to solve the social problems such as unemployment,lack of business skills,chronic poverty and inadequate markets for agricultural products.There are high production of tomato and onions which are not well stored,and sometime they stored locally to wait the maturity stage.The local storage reduce the quality of crops.

Team

The team has the expertise in sectors such as Agronomy,social work,laws,Education,Business,and Gender,these area of expertise have the potential contribution to the achievement of the project goals.Also the board of the directors has the personnel who have experience since 1990s in the community development field.Most of the office bearers are graduates who are skilled and well trained.The organization structure is clear and well understood.
About You
About You
First Name

Josiah

Last Name

Kifunge

About Your Project
Organization Name
How long has your organization been operating?

Project
Organization Country

, IR, Iringa Municipal

Country where this project is creating social impact

, IR, Iringa Municipal

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, NGOs, Regional government.

Supplemental
Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

No awards or honors received,

Where have you learnt about the competition?

in the internet at www.changemakers.com

Tell us about your partnerships:

I expect to partner with Iringa Municipal council and Cheetah development which could add the potential value of the project.Iringa Municipal council through the community development department will coordinate all action groups and Cheetah Development will provide solar drier for groups

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Challenges expected are poor attendance of group members due to the season where most of them are mostly concentrated in farming activities,another is the need of living allowance during training sessions,delay of group leaders in processing group members information
These challenges may be overcomed by encouraging the participants through giving them food and transport allowance,giving them attitude change seminars,to conduct short time trainings

Comments

Monika Goforth's picture

Good use of appropriate technology for community development. But what is the buy-in from the commnunity members? How are they showing commitment to this process?

The community is showing its commitment by investing the total of 25% as the initial capital for buying machines