Blended Outcomes for both Protection and Enterprise Actors
by EDMUND PAGEfrom Xavier Project http://xavierproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Farming-Social-Business-for-Refugees-in-Uganda-September-2018.docx
A hybrid model that blends the outcomes of protection, private sector and state actors. A 25 acre model farm neighbouring a refugee settlement that employs refugees and host communities; trains 500 per year in best farming practice; identifies and exploits market opportunities; strengthens the value chain through access to finance, seeds, skills and technology, improved logistics, and seller aggregation. Ultimately refugee hosting areas become opportunities and refugees are seen as assets.
What's the business opportunity for host and refugee community
Currently in most context refugees are seen as a burden and are not adequately contributing to the local economic growth, despite being allowed to work in countries such as Rwanda and Uganda (Rwamwanja pilot 1). Through the business refugees and host farmers acquire the skills and experience to change that. Refugee hosting areas become productive through reduced barriers, and refugees, through increased revenues, consume more local produce too. Both sides win and aid dependency is reduced.
How has it been implemented and what impact it had
Xavier Project has successfully raised seed funding to launch a 25 acre farm on the periphery of Rwamwanja Settlement in SW Uganda (pilot), and we hope to scale the model, even in Rwanda. In the pilot, 4000 farmers will be directly trained, and increase revenues for 71,000 refugees living in Rwamwanja through better farming practices and crops, increased revenues, and reduced barriers to market. The farm will self-sustain and generate 200,000 Eur in net profits by Y5 to be re-invested in growth.
Our Skills and Experience
Xavier Project has worked with refugees in the areas of education and enterprise since 2008 in Kenya and Uganda. We work directly with community groups, partnering with 14 community based organisations (CBO). Xavier Project plays the role of consultant helping the CBO develop an identity and a strategic vision. Social businesses are run by Xavier Project and transition over time to community ownership. We have implemented projects with GIZ and UNHCR, UNICEF, USAID among others.