Rural Families Empowerment Project

Empowers rural persons, their families and communities by creating wealth and entrepreneurs and building capacity in a green manner.

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I confirm that I am fully aware of the eligibility criteria, and based on its description, I am eligible to apply to the CSV Prize 2017.

  • Yes, I'm eligible

Preferred language

  • English

Organization name

Initiative for Promoting Better Yields for Farmers (IPBYF)

Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Established (the solution has passed the previous stages and demonstrated success)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $100k - $250k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 250 - 500

Organization type

  • Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector

Secondary Focus Area

  • Rural development

Headquarters location: Country

  • Nigeria

Headquarters location: City

Nigeria : Makurdi

Location(s) of impact

Nigeria 1: Makurdi


Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

Family empowerment:- In rural north central Nigeria, the polygamist husband, wives and children work on the farm but the culture is such that the husband owns all the produce generated. The wives and children work without remuneration. This leaves the well-being of the family at the mercy of the men. The men would rather use the family income on alcohol or marry more wives (making more child brides). The women and children have no choice, no voice, no skills, no capital and no hope of breaking the cycle of poverty.

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

Our solution is the honey value chain. We work on transforming poor families by providing a source of income that is independent of the men. We harness a vast natural resource. We improve on all the weak links in the current honey production and marketing. We do not neglect the worldview of beneficiaries. We make the participating women actors in the value chain by empowering them with beehives. We group the women in clusters which serve as savings groups and honey collection centres. We use the clusters' meetings as a platform to generate funds, make entrepreneurs, create wealth/jobs, teach business & financial independence, impact moral, social and environmental values, develop capacity, etc. Our innovation is that instead of waiting for government, outsiders or handouts, we work with the poor to look inward for solutions to poverty. Most of the women are young girls, we work by placing resources at the disposal of these empowered "child brides" in our war against poverty.

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

The 3 years pilot scheme produced the following impacts: (1) We created 45 entrepreneurs in businesses other than crop farming (2) 233 (approx. 30% of the total) women are participating in savings (3) Over 100 loans were taken from the internally generated funds (4) All the 100 loans were repaid without default (5) By April 2017, 18 sets of school fees were paid from loans taken from the savings (6) Savings groups turnover increased to over US$5,000 by last December (7) A total of 8 Apicultural technicians were trained (7) 6 savings group leaders were trained (8) Children were retained in school because their fees were paid from honey value chain related income (9) About 2000kg of honey was harvested last March and the women earned $1,000 from the sales (10) Fewer women now sell charcoal and firewood, the 2 activities that destroys the environment. These impacts were achieved in 2 sites with 350 beehives. As we scale up, these impacts will be replicated in all the new locations.

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

Current funding is: Grants (60%) and contributions from friends & family (40%). The long-term financial sustainability plan is guaranteed by the arrangement with the products off-taker. Once the women are able to produce and supply honey from 13,000 beehives, the off-taker will in turn be adding 2,000 beehives yearly to the scheme. The off-taker assumes the role of providing for the depreciation, replacement and expansion of the beehives once the scheme is stabilised. The number of beehives that will make the scheme financially sustainable is 13,000 and funding for this is planned through grants. Our inability to generate funds for the initial 13,000 beehives is a risk. We mitigate by broadening our funding base by adding 2 more donors (those passionate about what we do) by 2019.

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

Initiatives model "don't give the poor fish, teach them how to fish" theory. Most times, this fails because when the change agent leaves, the poor can 'fish' but have no 'fishing lines' to 'fish'. We operate on “don’t give the poor fish and don’t only teach them how to fish, rather go fishing with them”. A competitor, A and Shine Foundation just train beekeepers, we do more by providing the missing links of beekeeping with the women. The prize will empower us to go "fishing" with the poor.

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

I am from a very poor rural village, the only one to get education among 7 siblings and the second graduate in the village. Now every time I travel back to the village, people back there meet me with all kinds of requests. Chief among them are: (1) they always ask for money to solve a problem after narrating a miserable story of their predicament (2) Virtually every one wants me to take his/her child back to the city. But I don't have the resources to meet all the needs and it pains me that I am powerless. On a trip to Zambia, I saw how a value chain was used to empower poor people right there in their context. It occurred to me that I could empower my people (and other similar communities) by setting up empowerment schemes right there in their context. I don't have to keep giving money and moving children to the city. Next was to design and pilot the honey value chain.

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

  • Nestlé page or contact

Attachments (1)

Trees tagged as not for cutting down story.pdf

This speaks of the environmental impact of the honey project. We encourage rural people not to cut down trees but to make them available for hives suspension. This has resulted in fewer trees being indiscriminately cut down. It has also reduced the indiscriminate bush burning that was rampant in places where we work. Also, our project makes the environment greener as more crops, flowers, trees and shrubs are pollinated. This also results in bumper harvests and food security for poor people.


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