When we invest resources to help our Partners generate life-changing income, we want those economic gains to be sustained. Therefore, we measure our impact not only in terms of dollars earned, but also by our local Partners’ ability to apply business, leadership, and problem-solving skills to all areas of their lives. Our solution to poverty lies in developing local change-makers, and our impact metrics reflect that focus.
Stories of Impact From The Field
Tabora Project Partners Rise Above The Poverty Line
In Tabora, frequent drought makes agricultural yields unpredictable, and months-long hunger seasons are common. In January 2015, the Tabora women’s business generated enough profit to put every group member above the $1.25 per day international poverty line—on 2Seeds business profits alone! The eight women of the business group cook, pack, and market potato chips, popcorn, and peanuts for sale in local and higher-value urban markets. Before starting their business, several of the Tabora group women lacked a reliable source of income. Through partnership with 2Seeds, including training, coaching, and seed financing, they’ve built a profitable business that has increased income security. Additionally, Project Coordinators are working with local nutrition experts to provide nutrition information to group members, enabling them to use their new income to provide better meals for their children. Some of the women are even saving money for future business ventures: one member just put her 2Seeds savings toward buying a motorcycle, which she will use to transport products for her multiple business ventures to and from town. Next up for the Tabora women: experimenting with producing dried fruits and vegetables!
Spotlight on Hamisi Lubwaza
Hamisi comes from generations of farmers, but since partnering with 2Seeds, he has become a businessman with an eye to profit and an aspiration to send his first son to school. Hamisi is the Market Coordinator for the Bungu Project. Through 2Seeds’ business curriculum and coaching from Project Coordinators, he has developed the skills to track sales and inventories for the group. If he isn’t crunching numbers in his head, he is writing them in the dirt, strategizing to sell the group’s crops where they’ll bring in the most profit. Urban market buyers are impressed with Hamisi’s professionalism; he even writes his cell phone number on a scrap of paper as a business card! Through managing the buyer relationships well, Hamisi establishes more reliable market access for the group. Hamisi loves to experiment with different seed varieties and cultivation techniques introduced through 2Seeds, and frequently encourages the group to take calculated agricultural risks to maximize their production. His leadership is helping the group take ownership over its operations—the foundation of a self-sustaining business.
Lutindi Farmers Ramp Up Productivity and Profits
Situated on loamy soil and well-watered terrain, the village of Lutindi seems to be the perfect spot for a flourishing vegetable business. Yet at the end of 2013, Lutindi’s 33-member farmers’ cooperative struggled with low profits and high transit costs.
2Seeds’ Project Coordinators worked with Partners to divide the cooperative into three smaller production groups. By following coordinated, staggered planting schedules, they now consistently provide crops to buyers, forging a more reliable and growing source of income. The smaller production groups also created an organizational structure in which Partners learn and implement agricultural best practices together—such as spacing cabbage seeds appropriately to allow each plant to reach its maximum size. Agricultural productivity skyrocketed in the first season, and has continued to rise each season by around 200%! Because of increased productivity and more established market connections, the group’s profits in the last four months of 2014 surpassed the total profits for the entire 2013-14 project year. Now, instead of begging buyers to pay for crops, buyers are begging Lutindi farmers for more produce!