Barongo Evergreen Farm Investments (BEFi)

Project Representative
VALEY MWESIGA BARONGO
Creation Date: 2014
Headquarters: Tanzania
Geographical Reach: Soga, Kibaha, Coast Region
Nature and number of beneficiaries: Disabled village community members
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Barongo Evergreen Farm Investments (BEFi)

About the Project

The project is a practical cumulative survival efforts about being disabled in an able-bodied ruthless world, being heart and soul touched by the poverties of the rural African people with disabilities whereby I, one of them, a disabled former college management graduate (paralyzed legs and walks with a crutch) who has worked with public and private entities for more than ten years thereafter, exhausted by the disability unfriendly environments both psychological and physical structural, together with my spouse we established a self-help farming revenue generating activity like all other African rural adult villagers by investing in land purchase, planted locally adopted now yielding fruit trees, started constructions of the now progressing farm house/poultry house building structures, but unlike the rest we has converted and formalized the farm into a small-scale agribusiness organization, the Barongo Evergreen Farm Investments (BEFi) to adapt to improved commercial farming and agriculture: to proceed with growing of same miscellaneous crops, raise chickens and keep bees for the ever expanding Kibaha/Coast and Dar es Salaam regions, Tanzania markets and beyond.
The venture is increasingly evolving into a social enterprise that is performing both; striving to  adapt to simple improved sustainable farming and agriculture technologies, tools and markets to meet paying customer needs and wants sequentially hand in hand, striving to address poverties of the long neglected rural people with disabilities, starting with the few of the community where our agribusiness is based by embracing and engaging the group into our agribusiness operations as employees, consumers, customers and business operations stakeholders for them not only to learn improved commercial farming skills but also to earn for their household, their disability assistive devices and meet the needs of affordable healthy foods for their households from a close food source.

Context and Issue

The venture is increasingly evolving into a social enterprise that is performing both; striving to  adapt to simple improved sustainable farming and agriculture technologies, tools and markets to meet paying customer needs and wants sequentially hand in hand, striving to address poverties of the long neglected rural people with disabilities, starting with the few of the community where our agribusiness is based by embracing and engaging the group into our agribusiness operations as employees, consumers, customers and business operations stakeholders for them not only to learn improved commercial farming skills but also to earn for their household, their disability assistive devices and meet the needs of affordable healthy foods for their households from a close food source.

Solution and Impact

The success will be measured in terms of financial returns and social impact. It is anticipated that the venture will produce more than 4 main farm products that will generate the average revenue equivalent to TZS 193,837,500 (USD 88,108) per year for 4 years employing more than 20 full-time and part-time both disabled and no- disabled people from more than 4 villages.
Progress monitoring and evaluation will continually be done in the following areas but not limited to; product produced against projections,  sales volume and revenues against projections,  cash inflow and outflow against the budget, timely payment of debts against timeline projected schedule, timely preparation of appropriate daily, weekly, monthly and yearly relevant useful reports. The enhanced purchasing power of the agribusiness direct engaged/employees will support their household families by contributing to their family financial needs like children’s school fees/uniforms, food and other family utilities. Sharing of gradual acquiring commercial farming and agriculture (industrial) skills knowledge with our neighbors, villages and the community where our agribusiness is based is also one of our core intentional social good responsibility self-regulation for mutual benefits.

Future Developments

That is activities are increasingly being  eased and shared by staffs, disabled and non-disabled, distributed among male and female, ensuring disabled are assigned agribusiness activities according to each’s physical nature, where assistance is required all agribusiness entities are to share the hand. When fully operational we shall eventually incorporate simple improved farming and agriculture technological innovations with disability friendly operational participation opportunities for them not only to learn improved commercial farming skills or earn for their household, their disability assistive devices like crutches, prostheses and wheelchairs for those of specialized needs but also to meet the needs of affordable healthy foods for their households from a close food source.Intending to add pawpaw, mushroom growing and fish keeping at later years of operations for the same markets.

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