Financially Independent Projects: Successes

Financially Independent Projects: Successes

Hello Sawa Leaders, 

Thank you for visiting the Leader's Lounge. 

As you are aware, the Sawa team will be visiting Haiti in December to test the micro-grant project with three of our Leaders as a result of your feedback from the survey. You all showed that you had very specific ways to use the funds and systems to track the impacts that you will make. 

Sawa's mission is to create local systems that do not depend on foreign aid. Therefore, it is important that we share ideas about how to make your projects financially independent in the end. 

1) What are three things you can share on how you made your project/s a success?

How to make our project financially independent?

Early on, my project team and I realized the need to be financial independent to perpetuate our activities.  So, we decided to invest in an agricultural field to produce and sell vegetables.  However, we are not producing enough due to several factors such as, the small surface of the field we are using, the lack of modern agricultural materials, and the low price at which we sell the product.  It is not possible to directly sell vegetables as we don't have our own area to sell from, and therefore, we are obliged to sell the production to re-sellers.

If we receive the micro loan, we will:

  • increase the surface of the field we are using
  • acquire modern and efficient agricultural materials
  • set up our own selling areas to sell vegetables directly to the population at the same price as the market

As a team, we are looking at a “micro credit to vulnerable women" component of our project; we only need a basic amount to start, as the money we will lend to women will be reimbursed.  We are also thinking about other ways of generating perennial money for our projects in relation with our other activities. ie: bicycle renting or selling, opening a restaurant or a shop, acquiring transportation car.  

Sawa hero Thierno Diallo

My successes

1. I took the time to list what the major environmental problems were that people face in my country.

2. I asked myself how I could participate in solving part of these problems.

3. I researched what has been done in other countries to solve similar problems.

4. I asked myself how I could adapt these ways to the context of my country using my imagination and having a strong belief that it is my responsibility to do something.

5. I shared my ideas with other people to gain a large voluntary support from them.

6. I used my leadership skills to manage the volunteers I obtained.

I believe that whoever uses this approach within any domain can become a hero.

Sawa Hero Thierno