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.

Busega Poultry Project

Songea Maize Project

ALPs EPR (End of Project Report)

Our Business Model

Our Business Model is based on Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) inspired by our main supporter the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). At the same time we believe that transformations for reducing poverty take a long time and while catalytic capital for demonstrability is essential, we need patient capital to have sustainable impact – both are required for long term solutions to poverty. To be sustainable we strive to demonstrate replicability and scalability. We work towards the twin objectives of innovation and impact. Our micro franchise model works towards aggregating products and services and geo-tagging all farmers for digital agriculture. 

 

Our Innovation

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

Our Vision

The vision of LBI is to innovate and implement sustainable solutions that have transformational impact on the lives and livelihoods of the poor.

Our Mission

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).

Our Beginings

Livelihood BASIX Inc. (LBI) is a 501 C 3 Livelihood Promotion Non-Profit Corporation, set up at Ithaca, NY under the NY State Law in April 2012. LBI, set up at the initiative of BASIX Social Enterprise Group (BSEG) proposes to build partnerships with livelihood promotion institutions worldwide to build institutional capacities to provide livelihood services through the provision of the three livelihood basics for the base of the pyramid – financial, institutional and business development services where the cross cutting issues are rural development, youth development and gender balance through empowerment of women.

Our Impact

  • 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

Our Sustainable Development Goals Commitment

We are committed to each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the UN. Our strengths and experience leads us to focus on the following goals.