At each REC, I want to see shared economy businesses like KariGo and HelloTractor offering contract ploughing services to local farmers. I want to see agritech and agrifood ventures. I want to see young people with their own visions launching amazing new #ReImagineRuralbusinesses!
#AgripreneurAlert: What businesses might you set up in a REC, if you had access to electricity, Internet, and a loan of up to $10,000?
Already we have people planning to set up businesses such as poultry, cottage dairies, welding and sewing shops. Others are talking about food products such as tomatoes and fresh vegetables. Others have new innovations in mind…
What about the rest of Africa? If the Zimbabwe pilot is successful, I will encourage other African countries also to adopt this model. Already I have targeted Rwanda, Burundi, Lesotho and Botswana as potential countries for similar projects. Are you in?
Success for me is not just rural Zimbabwe. I want to scale this vision across Africa!
I have spoken to several global philanthropists about #ReImagineRural. The response has been remarkable, principally because I have “skin in the game” — an African philanthropist putting his own money on the table.
But we cannot do it alone. I need you to succeed once an opportunity like this is opened. Don’t allow fraudsters and others to ruin it. Be vigilant even if you are not benefiting immediately. Help me to help you!
For instance, if people who get these loans from Steward Bank don’t pay them back on time, it will hurt the community’s ability to get future loans. When they do repay as promised, it will grow the fund for the community!
#SeniorClass, please share with others on the platform here about the Grameen Bank model and how it works.
Your generation must define the future. Who will take up my challenge?
What can you do #RightWhereYouAre?
I know times are very, very tough, in many places. Still like eagles in the storm, you must stay focused and keep your eyes open for opportunities. They are out there!
What is your own vision? What do you see?