After receiving financial literacy training, participants are then trained and mentored to become ecological entrepreneurs and manage profitable agricultural and non-agricultural enterprises.
There are four components to our Curriculum:
The entrepreneurs are guided through a business management and planning process: identify gaps and needs, discuss core business concepts and understand their supply chain, develop a business plan and budget, connect to support networks, and be competent in their financial and operations management.
New businesses are launched and existing ones are enhanced.
Besides financial services, farmers need additional farm services including extension, plowing, harvesting, processing, transport, warehousing and marketing services to increase productivity, profitability and incomes.
To address the high rate of unemployment amongst youth and lack of interest in farming, we train young adults to develop enterprises that serve farmers by building out the infrastructure of value added services and technical support across the agricultural value chains.
Our youth agro-entrepreneurs are developing enterprises to meet the need of these specialized and demand driven services such as systematic pruning of coffee and distribution that complement and support the success of farming livelihoods.To equip them with the right tools, and transportation to do the job, they will be supported to form Youth Savings Groups and submit their business proposals to the Shared Action Fund to cover the startup costs of infrastructure and equipment and easily launch their business.
Climate Change Adaptation and MitigationProtection of natural resources is of utmost important to our work because of our rural focus and our target groups who are dependent on agriculture for survival. There is no denying the linkages that exist between natural resource management and climate change adaptation with poverty alleviation, promoting food security, health, education, gender equality and youth empowerment.Droughts and flooding, intensified by climate change, can lead to famine and loss or contamination of water supplies.
Deforestation due to population pressures and chemical farming can accelerate land degradation, increasing the vulnerability of the poorest communities. That’s why throughout our training programs and services we ensure ecological principles guide our work, where we introduce participants to various environmental practices to integrate into their business models, farming practices and home life. Farmers are introduced to a network of trainers, other farmers and suppliers of organic compost to solar technologies they can begin to work with and create a network of partners scaling green practices.
Our training highlights:
EcoHome improvementsOur Green Business Development training supports individuals to access green houses, compost, organic pesticides, low cost irrigation technologies, water harvesting tanks, renewable energy and solar technologies, and seeds through the Shared Action Fund.