Additional Income Means for Rural Poor Women through Community Fish Farm

Enabling rural poor women overcome hunger and poverty through the establishment of community fish farm as a viable venture.

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  • English

Organization name

People and Planet Life Foundation (PPLF)

Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Scaling (the solution has passed the previous stages and is growing its impact on a regional or global scale)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $100k - $250k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 1,000 - 5,000

Organization type

  • Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector

Secondary Focus Area

  • Rural development

Headquarters location: Country

  • Nigeria

Headquarters location: City

Owerri, Imo State

Location(s) of impact

Nigeria 1 Obokwe, Imo State 2 Izzi Ebonyi State 3 Onicha, Ebonyi State 4 Awo-omamma-Imo State 5 isialangwa- Abia State 6 Idemili- Anambra State


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Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

Women and household headed solely by women are the poorest group in the society. Men have higher social status thus have more access to schooling and training, while women take most of time in household responsibilities. More-worrisome is that agriculture which is the only source of livelihood for majority of the women is labour intensive with old tools and mainly rain fed. So often women smallholders go hungry during the pre-harvest period and after harvest still go hungry as they have very little to eat and sell.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

Fish is a regular demand and fish farming has the potential of providing a very valuable source of supplementary income for rural poor women smallholders and can be maintained in a small scale pond. Our fish farm program, trains rural poor women on sustainable hands and skills in fish farming, fish feed making as added value, business and management skills and at the same time establish with them a community fish farm which they own and manage as a viable business. Through this approach rural women are able to acquire trainings, and have access to the financial means to establish small scale fish farms in their various homes automatically become self employed and increase their household income by 60% and mitigate hunger.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

We have trained 680 women smallholder farmers and 345 has established their own fish farms becoming self-employed and increased their household income by 60%. And of the women trained 345 have established their own fish farms 231 has moved up to scale in establishing additional businesses in line with fish farming. 680 women have been able to transfer their knowledge and skills to an additional 1044 other rural women from their community and neighbouring communities and have established additional 331 small scale fish farms using their farm micro-credit loan scheme. A total of 1724 Rural women are being empowered to channel agriculture as a viable business, increased food supply and delivery, generated income and become automatically economically independent. 2000 household’s members of which at least 60% are children have adequate food supply and livelihood security as their household economy develops.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

The project relies on grants for replication and scalability, however the community fish farm we established for our selected women remain sustainable over the years. “Community Fish Farm Funds” (collecting income from the fish sales) a savings bank account are been established to ensure project sustainability and inputs sustenance. Signatories to this bank account are always three women drawn from the beneficiaries. 50 per cent of the fish pond profit are been deposited in the Community Fish Farm Fund to ensure continued ability to purchase inputs and supplies and marketing. Another 50 per cent are placed on an Imprest Account, to offer micro credit loans to their members and other community women trained by them to establish similar agribusinesses.

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

First, The community fish farms we established for women do not only serve as a farm for the women but as a centre were rural women come to acquire skills, share ideas, learn and unlearn from each other. Our project uses a learning by doing rural women in fish farming curriculum to deliver practical lessons for our beneficiaries. our beneficiaries take full ownership of the project as we involve them right from the beginning until the end during which we handover the farm to them.

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

After my studies in the University haven't gotten any job yet, i decided to come to my village to take the position of a science teacher in Awo-omamma comprehensive. I found out that hunger and poverty is a serious development issue for women and children. I met Mrs Anna who works 10hours everyday just to make 1USD for her family of 8 children. I met peculiar a woman at her middle 30's that take care of the school flowers (earning only 11USD per month) just to feed a family of 5. These two women story is similar to the life of majority of the women in my community. Women in my community do not have access to education and training as families choose to train the men. Agriculture which is their only option is always fragmented and labour intensive. Providing these women with training and financial means to a vital and small scale agribusiness will improve their livelihood condition.

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Join the conversation:

Photo of Mouhamadou Moustapha Seck

I congratulate your work that seeks the empowerment of these women, allowing us to have access to a decent income and to assure the living conditions of their families.

Photo of Marcela Mesa

Love your project. Many women can benefit from it. Continue helping women in poverty conditions, maybe one day we can join and replicate it in my country!

Photo of The Eye Newspaper

One thing i like about fish farming is that it is not like boilers (poultry). With poultry the farmer buy chicks after each band, but with fish farming, the production cycle is established once. Good project idea