Help Build Processing Machines For 100 Uyo Farmers

by Spring Development Initiative
Help Build Processing Machines For 100 Uyo Farmers
Help Build Processing Machines For 100 Uyo Farmers
Help Build Processing Machines For 100 Uyo Farmers
Help Build Processing Machines For 100 Uyo Farmers
Help Build Processing Machines For 100 Uyo Farmers
Help Build Processing Machines For 100 Uyo Farmers
Help Build Processing Machines For 100 Uyo Farmers
Help Build Processing Machines For 100 Uyo Farmers
Help Build Processing Machines For 100 Uyo Farmers
Help Build Processing Machines For 100 Uyo Farmers
Help Build Processing Machines For 100 Uyo Farmers
Help Build Processing Machines For 100 Uyo Farmers
Help Build Processing Machines For 100 Uyo Farmers
Help Build Processing Machines For 100 Uyo Farmers
Help Build Processing Machines For 100 Uyo Farmers
Help Build Processing Machines For 100 Uyo Farmers
Help Build Processing Machines For 100 Uyo Farmers
Help Build Processing Machines For 100 Uyo Farmers
Help Build Processing Machines For 100 Uyo Farmers
Help Build Processing Machines For 100 Uyo Farmers

Dear Donors,

We are happy to announce that we recently launched our crop processing facility in Abak village Akwa Ibom State. Through your support, all the funds were raised via the June 2018 Accelerator - a collaboration between The Spring Development Initiative and Strategy and Innovation for Development (SI4DEV).

The day, March 23 was very great at the launching of the Cassave and Palm oil processing facility in Abak village. The community representatives, traditional rulers, women and youth leaders were part of the organizing committee and turned up for the event.

The Local government chairman ably represented by supervisor of Agriculture said the local government will grade the road to the facility and provide 3500 capacity water tank as well as an oil tank. 

One of the board members from The Spring Development Initiative, sent in a congratulatory message, saying; "I am happy that the residents of the community will have an easier time processing their crops. My hope is that this will be a sustainable venture. Hopefully the sustainability team is up to the task."

We are indeed working towards that.

Grace Jimbo, the project lead says she has not seen such high community participation like this before...and there has been massive capacity transfer so far.

Some challenges and delays:

  • The building and installation of the machines took a longer time; each machine took a minimum of 5days to dry in their cement casing.
  • Some unbudgeted items/ accessories were needed during the installation and test running. These items include cements, poline, fan belts, water drum, diesel tank, small diesel engine and connecting hosts.
  • Project team communicated these challenges to the sustainability committee but there was no positive feedback as the 2019 national and state elections drew closer and took priority during community meetings.


  1. At the end, the timeline for delivery of the machine was extended to allow for the manufacturer to deliver good and reliable equipment.
  2. To avoid the distraction of the elections on the community, we postponed the launching of the facility, extending the time for testing and learning for those who will be operating the machines.


We are overwhelmed and overjoyed at the community engagement evident at the launching. Grace Jimbo turned out to be such a wonderful dancer! We appreciate her dedicated efforts on piloting this project to this point and are really thankful her leadership. 

The women leaders have our gratitude too, they were the ones that cleared the grass and prepared the place for the occasion. Since that date, the machines have been busy and in use.

Thank you all once again for your support.

If you can, please support us again by donating to any of our projects linked below.


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Date/ duration: 26th-28th September, 2018
Site: Mbarakom community hall

Team composition / facilitators

• Grace Ofonime Jimbo
• Utibe Emah
• Barr. Nkechi Udoh
• Roselyn Anyafulu
• Eld. Daniel Akpan

As part of the project deliverables, a 3-day training on business and project management was organised for 10 sustainability and implementing members. The aim of the training was to enhance the participants’ knowledge on project management and provide them with the skills in managing a business. Also, the training provided an avenue for participant to have clearer understanding of the project, to know their roles and responsibility and develop strategies on how the can sustain the project.

A total of 10 participants drawn from 5 villages were represented in the training, however, participants from Ibagwa were not available due to leadership tussle in the community.

Day 1: The day began by 11am with registration of participants, climate settings activities such as self-introduction, ground rules, fears, expectations and pre assessment. Thereafter the objectives of the training, scope of the project and overview of SI4DEV was done by Grace. Nkechi facilitated a session on definition of project management and how do we manage our business. The group work was carried over to the second day as the training commenced one hour late than the scheduled time.

Day 2: After the opening prayers, participants did recap pf the day 1 activities. Thereafter, they were divided into two groups to discuss on role of stakeholders in community project. Each group listed different stakeholders in the community including the negatives ones and explained the roles they pay in community development. Presentation was done by each group with the facilitators clarifying some points. Eld. Akpan facilitated the session on Financial management and book keeping. He also pointed out why this is good to keep a clean account and record all transaction. Then a group exercise to demonstrate the concept of community participation was done. Participants provided feedback learnt from the exercise such as the need to work as a team, volunteer time and resources for community development, the need to be innovative and support one another. The next session was on project sustainability which was taken by Roselyn, she explain the meaning of sustainability, importance and examples of project that have been sustained after the funders left. The day ended by 3:10pm with a closing prayers.

Day 3: Recap of the second day was done by the participants. Roselyn facilitated a session on leadership and sustainability. Different leadership styles were explained with emphasis on transformational and servant leadership. Thereafter a session on the role of communication in project management was done by Grace. She emphasised that communication is not effective until a feedback is received. Elements of communication and importance of communication especially in regards to the community project was discussed. Utibe took the session on monitoring and supervision of community project. Roles and responsibilities of sustainability team members was taken by Eld. Akpan.

The post assessment was taken by participants and certificates were presented to participants with Village head of Mbarakom presenting certificates to some of the participants. Also, the village provided a crate of mineral to the participants while the facilitators donated N2, 000 to support the project. This money was added to N280 realised from penalties of ground rule defaulters and handed to the class governor. A group picture was taken and vote of thanks was taken by one of the participants.

The training ended by 2.30pm.
Lunch was provided for the participants and facilitators for the three days.


• The participants were willing to learn and participated actively
• The village heads are quite supportive
• The use of white board, group exercise and mixture of local language enhanced learning

Challenge Solutions

• The absence of representatives from Ibagwa due to leadership tussle will be mitigated with plan to hold another abbreviated training for them after this issue is settled.

• Purchase and install crop processing machines.

Reported by Grace Jimbo

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I'm writing this on the Accelerator Final Day and I want to say "Thank you all so much!"

Our Globalgiving fundraiser to "Help Build Processing Machines For 100 Uyo Farmers" is almost fully funded! We have raised $13,800 so far out of a funding goal of $14,000! So our project is a definite go!

But if you're reading this before midnight June 29, the Accelerator is not over yet! We're currently #4 on the general accelerator leaderboard as we head into the final day of the Accelerator. There are various campaign bonus prizes, including homepage time and social media promotion still up for grabs. We need just 5 more donors and $800 to maximize our chances.

Let me give you some background, it's been less than a year since the launch of SI4DEV, and we have provided capacity building, practical learning, and collaborative forums for over 200 volunteer partners and over 3,000 direct beneficiaries of our health, education, advocacy and community development projects in more than 20 locations in Nigeria. Help us take the next step by helping us graduate our GlobalGiving Accelerator program.

We also just found out that our crowdfunding campaign to build a crop processing facility for 100 Uyo Farmers is going to make history in the area. The village leader, His Highness Chief Thompson shared his thoughts saying, "this is first time an organization is bringing an project that will assist the villagers economically." Please support this community with your donation to bring economic independence to 100 farmers including women and children.

Speaking on the Spring Development Initiative fundraiser, the community project leader, Akebong, could hardly believe that people all over the world were donating to help the village find it's footing. "We are very happy for that," he added.

So please keep the Spring Development Initiative and our SI4DEV partners in mind as we round up the accelerator and begin planning for project implementation. We appreciate your support!

We couldn't have done it without you all. 

Thank you!

Nkem Akinsoto

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Bonus Day Win
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Dear Donor,

I am absolutely excited by our progress in the GlobalGiving Accelerator online fundraising campaign. GlobalGiving has supported thousands of organizations in the past and is a trusted donation platform.

I'm writing to share some more details about this fundraising Accelerator program with you.

1. Wednesday June 20 is Bonus day with a $10,000 incentive fund up for grabs, which will be proportionally divided among organization based on how much they raise.

For example, if we raise 10% of the Bonus Day total, we will receive an additional $1000! Every donation we receive that day will be matched by GlobalGiving, and the more we raise, the more matching funding we will earn.

2. The program started June 11 and ends June 29. Our target is to raise at least $5000 from 40 different donors. At this time we are at $2021 from 26 donors, that is about $3000 and 14 donors to go.

If we meet this target, we get a permanent spot on GlobalGiving, and can raise funds for other projects too. Projects with the most funds raised and the most donors get $3000 and $2000 cash prices respectively!

3. Recurring (or "monthly") donations are available for donors who want to continue supporting this project or our organization. The organization that has the most recurring donors at the end of the Accelerator will receive a $1,000 bonus prize!

Also, recurring donations get matched 100% after the 4th donation and recurring donors count double towards our goal of 40 donors.

Thank you for all you have done, and we'll appreciate if you can share the project with as many friends and family members as you can. They can support us with a one-off gift on the June 20 Bonus day or sign on as recurring donors at any time.

Please let me know if you have any questions at

Warm regards,

Nkem Akinsoto

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Fundraising team with community head

Dear Donors,

I want to start by thanking you for donating to our project to support Uyo farmers.

In the past week, I met with members of the SI4DEV team in Akwa Ibom State who are serving as the Project Advisory and Management Team (PAMT) to deliberate on the step by step implementation of our fund-raising plan.

The PAMT will provide technical assistance to ensure that the project is implemented in line with the objectives of the funding and will provide monthly reports to funders. We agreed that ahead of the kickoff of the Global Giving Accelerator crowd funding campaign, we will engage again community influencers, including community leaders to join them in regular meetings as the foundation of the Sustainability Plan.

Yesterday, June 10, I called a meeting with the village head and some of the proposed committee of the Uyo project to brief them of the outcome of the application and the online global giving challenge and see if we can get any financial support from the village head council. Earlier, community leaders had endorsed this project and pledged support with human resources and land for the installation of the processing equipment.

The meeting successfully held by 5pm at the village head council hall with 10 council members in attendance, including 5 women and 3 youth. In the meeting pictures, the chief is in red cap and at the end before we took the group pix, he went to change in his traditional regalia. This is a gesture of highest regard and shows that they are fully supportive of the fundraiser.

We are glad at their willingness to work with us, and especially the chief making himself accessible to our request. The chief donated N2000 and another 5 council members promised to send in donations by Thursday June 14.

We mean to continue as we have started and appreciate your early support and hope you can share this fundraiser with your friends and network too.

Warm regards,

Grace Jimbo

Uyo team

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Council meeting
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Project Advisory and Management team
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Location: Redmond, WA - USA
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Project Leader:
Nkem Akinsoto
Redmond, WA United States

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