TLO: The TLO Model

Harare, ZimbabweHarare, Zimbabwe
Year Founded:
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$50,000 - $100,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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

The TLO Model is a model aimed at educating and empowering the underprivileged. Whilst creating environmental and financial sustainability. It also nurtures responsibility and accountably from the beneficiaries.

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

What if there was no more need for charity and non profits?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

25% of the children in Zimbabwe’s urban areas live in extreme poverty while 46% of families in Harare are living below the Poverty Datum Line. With even higher rates of children out of school.The poor are distrusting of anyone who offers help and lack confidence in their ability to deliver.The underprivileged are stuck in a poverty cycle.Non profits feel their donations and contributions are abused and often do not reach the right target audience

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

TLO model does research into all community centres then evaluates their need and partners with other NPOs able to provide the projects needed. We work with the children doing a career guidance and mentorship course as well as reading rooms and revision classes. Contracts are signed to commit the community centre to fully participating as well as to at the end of a 5year period reinvest into another TLO approved community centre. TLO coordinates all the donors at the community centre to ensure that they are all aligning with the long term and short term goals that would have been agreed upon with the centre.During the 5year period the community centre is obligated to invest its proceeds from projects into its own infrastructure and upkeep.
Impact: How does it Work

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

Tichakunda now has an Agrlink project run by Enactus UZ and a poultry project run by ZW Connect. Both projects have involvement of the youth and students of Tichakunda. The projects will provide end]ergy to power up lights to allow students to study at night, provide supplement to diet while allowing them to gain skills through participation and training.The TLO360 career guidance and mentorship programme has allowed the children to start thinking more about different careers and requirements while giving them access to different mentors.The Reading Rooms are allowing the children to improve their reading and get support.The Founder of ZW Connect is in America and TLO helps her stay up to date with the progress of her project and the centre

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

The 100 children in ECD will have a more balanced diet with mushroom,vegetables and poultry. Tichakunda should is projected to be generating revenue of over $3000 a month in 3months time from the mushroom and fishery project. This means the youth who are co-owns of Agrilink are getting revenue allowing them to invest elsewhere while Tichakunda gets money to buy stationery and textbooks.They will also be able to pay their teachers and get other qualified teachers. All 900 students will benefit from a better motivated staff as well better equipped helping improve the pass rate from the current below 20%. Once the poultry project starts the students will also be involved allowing the alumni of the school to be able to participate and the current students to gain skills. The projects help educate and conscientize all aspects of business from production-marketing until customer relations.

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

In the next 5years Tichakunda should have finished building the school and orphanage.Be self sustainable enough to provide at least 50% of their students with scholarships and bursaries with a pass rate of over 80%.They should be able to pay their staff will providing 3 meals a day to the students at the early development centre.After year 2 TLO and its partners will only be there at an advisory level.The centre should become a hub for the community to get produce, training and jobs.Tichakunda should be able to start supporting and investing in another TLO Approved community centre in Hatcliff

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

The initial investment has been made by donors. With partner NPOs finding their own funding. The Agrilink has needed a budget of about +/-$10000 and the poultry project is -/+ $6000. The various projects incorporate self sustainability, more revenue will be generated by the projects once they are fully operational. For Future projects TLO will be starting an investment portfolio to generate funds to invest and assist future projects.

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

There are currently no direct competitors to the tLO Model. There are micro-financing organisations been addressing this problem with offering loans to small entrepreneurs in Zimbabwe Ecocash has been the biggest one yet. The difference is however they do not offer direct training to the projects.Other NPOs may offer projects but they do not offer our 5year plan with the 2year partial exist.Our requirement that the community centre invest and mentor another community centre is one that is not yet applied by any other NPO in Zimbabwe.We also collaborate with other NPOs offering projects we need

Founding Story

Kudakwashe was waiting to go to University for 2011 and she became aware of the struggles many of her fellow classmates were facing to generate funding for tertiary education. This prompted her to take a closer look at her community at large and realised that this problem was rampant especially more so in the underprivileged of society. The inspiration for TLO came from Isaiah 44:5 KJV “One shall say, I am the LORD'S; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the LORD, and surname himself by the name of Israel.” It was a reminder that we are all children of God and like wise we all deserve the chance to pursue our inner greatness.Hence TLO is a call of all of us to help each


Vimbai Sairon Sharon Chikakuda Tashinga Gomera
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Organization Country

, Harare

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, Harare

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Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations, NGOs.


Improving Nutrition, Inclusive Business.

Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

Our recipient groups are community centres defined by us as orphanages and schools.The TLO Model provides them with sustainability, empowerment and training.
And the other group are non profit organisations. Through partnerships we help provide vetted organisations and support systems with the relationship with the community centre.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

The prize money would allow us to invest in 3 other high need locations around Harare, namely Mbare, Epworth and Killarney. This would allow us to provide training for the teachers, introduce extra curricular activities while also investing in tailored revenue generating projects at each community centre. The money would go toward also more research into each area.

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Pascal Ah-Yu's picture

Very interesting topic that addresses the current issue of funds being mismanaged and trying to educate society but this issue is a global one. The fact of funds being directed towards specific companies may lead to inequalities and conflicts. In terms of sustainability, how far can you go? How can you generate income and build onto it?