Omoboja lives in Ogidi village in Kogi State, Nigeria, with her husband and five children, aged 2-12, in a one-room mad-walled hut. Because the family only earns $1-2 a day through subsistence farming, she can't afford to send all her children to school. Every morning, Omoboja wakes before dawn to do a bit of farming and collect the wood and water she needs for cooking.
Ripples acquired 250 acres of land in Ogidi, which we'll transform into a training center, an Agribusiness Accelerator . Each woman will farm two acres, and keep half of all profits from the harvest. Along the way, we'll help them learn about permaculture, irrigation, and agroforestry. They'll learn to grow a greater range of crops including food crops, livestock, economic tree crops like Coffee and Moringa, and grow them more efficiently.
We'll train 2,000 women and 1,000 youths over five years, -and each graduating trainee will return to her family farm, armed not only with the skills, know-how and confidence she gained at the Ripples Farm, but also with her own irrigation pump and high-yielding seeds, financed with the proceeds of her Ripples Farm plot. The Ripples Farm will also grow and innovate over time: and we'll use solar power to power all production facilities in line with our sustainable, eco-friendly, goals