Rural farmers support initiative

Rural farmers support initiative: Support Togo's rural farmers

Lomé, TogoTsevié, Togo
Year Founded:
2015
Organization type: 
for profit
Project Stage:
Idea
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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

Rural famers support initiative is going to help rural population overcome their poor situation and have a better life. Our work consists to empower rural farmers by providing them materials, training and micro loans.

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

What if rural farmers had a right livelihood?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

In Togo 60% of people lives with a least of 1$ per day. Situation is worst in rural communities. Even though most rural people are farmers, there are many unexploited land as it’s become very difficult to cultivate and those who are still cultivating don’t know how to develop their farm or manage their money. As consequence, there is a high level of unemployment in rural area. It’s now normal in village to see youth alcoholic or pregnant.

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

Our solution is to empower both youth and family. (1) We will provide free training in management finance and agriculture to farmers, this will help them get a better understanding of how they can develop their culture. (2) Materials will be provide at a low cost. (3) micro-loans will be available for farmers to finance their projects. (4) The organization will help them sell their products in a good price. We will also work with young girls in our common farm. The common farm will be exploited by the organization and young girls.

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Impact: How does it Work

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

My friend, Bama’s father has a land but he stopped the production because of lack of funding. He couldn’t afford to his children educational fees and living expenses. Bama, her brothers and sisters were obliged to stay at home and didn’t do any activity. Through the project Bama’s father will receive a training in finance and management, he could know how to plant his product to get a better production. Materials will be rent to him at a low price and if he has a good project he will receive a micro-loan of an amount of 100$ to start his activity. We will also help him sell his product. At the end he can easily have an income between 120 and 150$ per month.

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

We plan to work the first year with over 50 famers and young girl, increase their monthly living income from 30$ to 150$. They then will be able to support their family. Considering that in Togo as in Africa a family is composed by cousin brother aunt…, the project will touch over 350 person at the first year. By this we will reduce the alcoholic average in the community. Young girl will be able to afford to their own expenses, they will not be obliged to have sex for money, reducing the early and undesirable pregnancy. We will give training each 2 month and loan will be given according to best projects which will be selected by a team.

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

Within 5 to 10 years, we have the intention to be implanted in communities through the country in order to have two main centers, one in the north and another in the south of Togo. We will develop and have a unique product which will be transformed and packaged by the organization. We are also planning to build an organic agriculture school adapted to African agriculture realities. The school will train young Africans to develop their own organic farm.
Sustainability

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

The project has two sources of income. Firstly money generates by materials rental and secondly money generates by the common farm, young girls will receive a percentage of the farm product and the rest will be used to pay employees and finance activities. We are planning to cultivate two or three hectares of land.

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

There are many social enterprise fighting to increase people’s life in Togo but no one is focus on rural farmers. Our program enable us to empower both farmers and young girls. We will give them support and advise about the product and the way and they could plant. At the end of the production, we will help them sell their product by creating our own market. Farmers will be trained to manage well their money. We are seeking to have strong skilled rural farmers.
Team

Founding Story

We are a family of entrepreneur, I was 9 years old when I started selling candies and biscuits to make some money. At 11 I started doing accounting for my mother’s shop in holidays. She paid me 0.3 $ per day. My grandfather was a farmer and I saw him forced to abandon his farm because he didn’t have enough money to develop his farm, I’ve seen many people do the same, they sell the farm or abandon it. They can’t have access to loan in fact many of them don’t go to school.

Team

We are a team of 5, an agricultural specialist, a project manager, a lawyer, a financial manager and a communication manager. The team is going to growth at the project application.