8 teams of 5 students and youth totaling 40 will be trained to operate the four acre School Poverty Eradication Farm. Each team will manage half an acre of intensive agricultural production. They will acquire sufficient knowledge, skill, and experience to enable them to also start similar activities with their families at home. Upon successful output, additional local loans could be secured for expansion of such farming activities for the schools as well as families.
There are many poor students from subsistence farming families who are forced to migrate to urban areas after leaving school due to their family's inadequate agricultural skills and business opportunities. This intensive agriculture project will provide adequate skills to students and youth and generate an attractive income, thereby preventing migration as they leave school.
This project will train students and youth in proven, small-scale intensive agriculture, using minimal space to raise income and participate in sharing with vulnerable people. Additional income generating activities will be added as their knowledge expands.
Profits will be used for:
1) reinvestment to ensure sustainability
2) savings for future (tertiary) education
3) charitable contributions
4) student daily expenses.
Success of the enterprise will be used as evidence to obtain additional funding for expansion of farming operations in additional schools. Sufficient funds will be available for sustainable reinvestment, students will acquire savings for future education, funds for charitable contributions, and will have money to cover their daily expenses and move towards financial independence.
Total Funding Received to Date: $59,946
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $36,054
Total Funding Goal: $96,000
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).