Equipping Young Leaders
There are brilliant young minds stationed in the heart of East Africa. They have extraordinary agriculture ideas, and yet, they’ve never been given the resources and support they need to grow those ideas into realities. Therefore, the question of what it will take to create deeply-rooted change is not one of if, but when.
Through our Entrepreneurship Conference, African Start sets the stage for eager students in East Africa to showcase their idea and earn the right to manage a farm from infancy to full production and profitability. These are thoroughly developed concepts with a comprehensive business plan for materials, timelines, logistics and finances.
Teaching Sustainable Business
The mindset of business development in East Africa is supportive of those ideas that serve the community as a whole. To align with this, African Start plans to purchase 20 acres of farmland just west of Dar and reward the conference winners an acre each to grow a sustainable farming business. Equipping East African entrepreneurs with well-watered and fertile land will provide them ample opportunity to learn the best local farming practices and techniques.
To create an organic discipleship and multiplication effect, the program requires the leader to mentor others as they too, learn to run their business. After managing the land alongside a group of protégés for two to five years, African Start will repurchase it from the entrepreneur at value. That way, they can invest their earnings into more land and continue to grow their business.
Building a Community, an Economy and a Life
As the original farmer scales their business on bigger land, the plot we allowed them to manage is recycled unto to the new winners of the conference. And so, the process repeats itself with a new group of motivated entrepreneurs and facilitates sustainable growth for the economy in East Africa.
This agriculture training model is only a means to an end. By equipping East Africans to offer sustainable solutions using business concepts, they will have the resources, experience and confidence they need to not only solve the food and water crisis but to build communities that thrive and flourish.