Small-scale Farmers in West Africa

Thursday, 1 January, 2015

In line with its efforts to improve the livelihood of small-scale farmers and eradicate poverty, Alwaleed Foundation offered a 3-year grant to KickStart International for the second time.

Through the $900,000 funding, KickStart International will sell over 6,500 MoneyMaker irrigation pumps through partnerships across West African countries such as Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, Niger, Ghana, and Nigeria. As a result, at least 3,300 households will be able to start profitable farming businesses and over 16,500 people will step out of poverty for the first time. Over the lifetime of the project, KickStart International aims to reduce the cost of lifting a person out of poverty by 50% – from $80 per person in year 1 to $40 by the end of the 3 years.

It is noteworthy to mention that KickStart International achieved incredible results with the previous grant – a total of $750,000 over 3 years. Despite the military crisis in Mali, the organization accomplished more than 74% of targeted pump sales and lifted over 12,000 people out of poverty.