CAN Small Farmers' Business Initiative
"Breaking the cycle of poverty through Agriculture in Liberia"
“Farming is not just a job, it’s a way of life.”
In this program, we provide education, seeds, tools, training, startup capital and professional expertise to increase farm productivity to small commercial farmers in rural Liberia. This will lead to Liberians growing their own food and for commercial purposes to enable them pay for their children's education. It will certainly reduce hunger, dependency, food shortages and the high unemployment rate facing the Liberian people.
The Agricultural sector is very important for women who bear brunt of the responsibilities in Liberia to feed the family, raise and educate children. They are widely employed in this sector in comparison to the economy as a whole.
Agriculture is a major sector of the Liberian’s economy worth 38.8% of GDP, employing more than 70% of the population and providing a valuable export for one of the world’s least developed countries (as defined by the United Nations).
Liberia has a climate favorable to farming, vast forests, and an abundance of water, yet low yields mean that over half of foodstuffs are imported, with net agricultural trade at -$73.12 million in 2010.
The major crops are natural rubber, rice, cassava, bananas, sugarcane and palm oil. Timber is also a major export at $100 million annually. Agriculture is the primary livelihood source for more than 60 percent of Liberia’s population and provides sustenance for many households who engage in farming.
PROMOTING OUR VALUES IN AGRICULTURE
STRONG WORK ETHIC: To encourage and reward people living in poverty who are able and are willing to work very hard to break the back of poverty. We strongly believe that the medicine for poverty is hard work.
SELF- SUFFICIENCY: To ultimately use local resources or the local economy to sustained education for the underserved children and people of Liberia by providing and putting into place Agricultural businesses, goods and services to generate enough funds to cover reoccurring operating cost and maintenance of infrastructures.
EMPOWERMENT: Giving the struggling Liberian people the opportunity to solve their own problems, help others become useful and productive people. Each person to take initiatives and make decisions to improve services and performance, determine their own income, destiny and the future of their children and country.
SELF-SUFFICIENCY SCHOOL MODEL
Our schools are self-sustained through our daily low-cost school fees payment plan. This plan uses a system in which a card is issued to every student and parent to track semester educational cost broken down into daily cost based upon economic prospects of the school environment. The vast majority of parents and students live on a day-to-day basis, this gives them a simplified, easy and durable daily flat rate payment plan. The payment card creates 100% transparency and accountability between the school administration, parents, guardians and students.
"Using local resources to sustain education in Liberia”
At each of our school in Liberia, we enable parents and students who don’t have physical cash to pay school fees to do so by using local resources readily available to them i.e. Livestock and Cash Crops. (The New Educational Barter System for Liberia) The items collected from parents and students are converted into cash and used for operating the school. We also sell some of these items to our employees on a salary deduction basis and the public as well as raise some of the livestock for business reproduction purposes.
2018 budget for this program stands at: $50,000.00USD.