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Currently all our farmers in Ghana are “subsistence farmers”, that means they are only producing for their own consumption, for the family in their household, and generally have no other income. This is a very bottom of the bottom of the pyramid. They live on less than a dollar per day, sometimes even less. When they produce a few more extra bags of crops in a good year than they can eat, they sell the surplus bags on a local Thursday market in a town called Sang. They walk down the gravel road with a bag on their heads during a dry season and barely make enough money to buy a bar of soap from their sales.
The eGro model aims to connect these rural communities to worldwide buyers, connecting them in the global supply chain.
The majority of our farmers are still learning to be commercial. Many of them are, however, commercial in their mindset, that's why they were attracted to the for-profit we took to their communities in 2016. Others are very far away from being able to run production. They have one thing in common, neither of them have access to capital to develop their production methods.
What they need is the experience of producing large quantities of a single crop at the same quality standard. They need to learn how to trade with us in the west and live up to our food safety standards.
Ruhia is great farmer, she worked her crop and weeded her field very nicely, and she intended to do it the second time.
Her output was quite low last year, barely making back the seed she put in the ground. She had a poor variety of seeds, and with the new variety being provided, it seems she will more than break even with a dry weather having hit her fields for 18 days in the early germination phase of the 2018 season.
She expanded to grow 2 fields this year and, and if she keeps up her performance, she will be one a suppier with eGro for many years. She is fairly young at age 40, and as with the rest of the people in these rural areas, 25 kilometers away from the nearest piece of asphalt, there is no life anywhere else for her.
The reality of the people we work with is that they don't understand commercial farming yet.
They think we as a company will come and water their trees and harvest their fields, once we have come with the bag of seeds for them. They still think it's our crops. Either because they left their field in the first year, or because they show no effort in the maintenance of their field.
We have to tell them what to do, and when to do it.
It's hard and demanding to build a business on that, and yet we don't want to leave anyone behind. We will continue training them, and telling them what and when over and over again. Only when they begin to observe others making money, will they understand that they too can be a part of the commercialisation process.
"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else." – Booker T. Washington
When you fund a farm with eGro, you need to make up your mind.
You can choose either to be a sponsor of a new "non-commercial" farmer where the risk can be quite high, and expect little or no return on your investment. Or you can give a micro-loan to one of our already existing "commercial" farmers, and expect to get payed back over time.
In both cases eGro Ghana Ltd. works as the agent, and eGro Denmark is the facilitator of the investment.