What solution(s) does your initiative address to help emerging entrepreneurs and small businesses grow and thrive in underserved communities? (select all applicable)
Access to financing, Access to talent, Access to supply chains, Access to technology, Access to economic opportunity.
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
Individuals in my community and country are amazed and excited at the fact that i was actually able to grow and produce strawberries on the island,which is of a much higher quality and flavor.Some individuals have requesting advice from me, how to better improve the quality of their vegetable production and because of my operation nine farmers who use to completely rely on artificial fertilizers have started using organic fertilizer ,compost and pesticides in their farms.Also there are three individuals that i employ on a part time basis to assist with land preparation and transplanting,the small income they generate from me help them to take care of some of their families household needs.Also i am assisting the primary school to install a greenhouse to teach the children proper organic farming practices and composting,that they can pass on to the parents.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
I hope that that over the next 1-3 years that many of the youth who are currently unemployed will have been encouraged to return to farming ,and the practice of using chemical fertilizer will have significantly decreased and more individuals will return to organic farming.also that organic produce will be more widely promoted in the markets and organic farming will become part of the school curriculum and taught at all the schools in all the schools .
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
Risk and Uncertainty
As in any sustainable development project, certain factors can adversely affect the viability of this project. These factors include:
• Untimely availability of materials
• Increased costs of production, equipment, and construction materials
• Changes in legislation
• Unforeseen and adverse climatic conditions
• Pests and diseases
Notwithstanding these factors, the entrepreneurs will embrace all modern farm management skills, competencies and equipment to minimize negative implications for the project. The immense potential in this area will also serve as a cushion for the foreseeable future, as the project will be developed in a cautious and ecologically sound manner to ensure that all considerations on sustainability are taken on board.
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