Kamande Agriculture Project (KAP) is doing food processing (Cassava Value Addition) and we transform the cassava tubers into finished edible food such as Garri and Flour which are highly needed in our community.
We are solving problems such as Hunger, Poverty, and Unemployment among Women and Youths in Sierra Leone.
Our community is predominantly backward and suffers from malnutrition due to an increase in hunger and poverty.
Additionally, it is pitiful to know that 40% of Sierra Leone`s population is food insecure and 53% of Sierra Leoneans live below the national poverty line. With Sierra Leone being a net importer of rice; we decided to make use of our second staple food (Cassava) as an alternative to rice and create employment.
We validate our solution due to the high demand for our product, especially during the rainy seasons, we are able to know and confirmed that our business is viable and it will continue to grow and have success.
The stage of our business presently is Minimum Viable Product/MVP and our next level is to increase consumers’ awareness of our business brand and to expand, in- cooperate, and employ the community in our businesses.
The biggest win we have had so far is that the UNDP in Sierra Leone has come to our aid through the women and youths project for the purpose of developing our businesses and creating a sustainable community livelihood project.
As a founder of our business, the biggest challenge is access to finance and equipment for our startup.
In order to grow our business and becomes viable and sustainable, we are in need of:
1) Processing Machines/Equipment
2) Training for group members
3) Financial support and
4) Mobility/ Transportation
Our take is that most of the rural community have limited experience with start-up entrepreneurial programs, but the most that can be helpful is the willingness to develop and support these kinds of activities both in finance and nonfinancial means. Cooperation, commitment, and core leadership creating partnerships can be an additional help to the local start-up scene/entrepreneurial community.
As an entrepreneur, introducing innovative technologies, products, and services, increase competition, and provides new job opportunities in the region and long-term viable projects.