Our Flagship Project
We have implemented a 5.2 Million Swiss Francs Livelihood Enhancement Program funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in Tanzania and Mozambique viz., AFRICAN LIVELIHOODs PARTNERSHIP (ALPs), with interventions focusing on agriculture value chains, skill building and financial inclusion centered around youth and women.
- Smallholder farmers;
- Women as smallholders and micro-entrepreneurs; and
- Youth – aspiring but jobless, seeking employment.
You may watch short films on two of our projects here.
ALPs EPR (End of Project Report)
Our Business Model
With our over 25 years of experience in partnering with the poor especially the small-holder farmers, we have learnt that just productivity and higher income without structural changes in the way the farmers lives and livelihoods are managed cannot be sustained over a long period of time. More is needed. We have co-designed with our farmers – micro franchise model, where the farmer is at the center of the business.
LBI’s proposed innovation is to establish a micro franchise model in sub Saharan Africa for agricultural inputs and market linkages. By adapting approaches which have been proven successful by organizations such as CARE and One Acre Fund, to the local context, LBI is aiming to solve a perennial problem of lack of access to finance, appropriate agricultural inputs and technical support and access to markets, through a commercially sustainable model which will create employment for youth and women. There is no direct dispensation of credit, savings are transacted through M-Pesa wallet, risk protection, extension services and nutrition are provided in one package while encouraging local entrepreneurship through franchisee model.
Our Vision and Mission
The vision of LBI is to innovate and implement sustainable solutions that have transformational impact on the lives and livelihoods of the poor.
The mission of LBI is to partner with local institutions to enable market based development that create sustainable enterprises and livelihoods and improves quality of life of the poor communities, in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA).
- Total Outreach 10184 out which 7237 farmers and 2947 non farmers
- Over 60% of farmer and non farmer partners are women
- 7071 individuals started saving and 2,431 are linked to credit services
- More than 5,000 farmers and non-farmers are linked with relevant value chain actors for input supplies, technical know-how and production
- More than 1,300 individuals have achieved self-employed status
- Productivity up by 80% in our areas of operation
- Income up by over 35% for farmers