Building businesses to alleviate poverty has seldom been utilized in charitable efforts.
Locally run small businesses in Swaziland have the potential to generate a sustainable source of cash flow that can be directed towards charitable purposes. A logical form of business in Swaziland is farming, as agriculture is deeply embedded in Swazi culture and tradition.
We at YEF believe there is an opportunity to utilize the Swazi people’s agricultural skill set to generate profits that will increase access to education for a generation of orphans abandoned by the HIV/AIDS crisis.
YEF is the business that is providing these opportunities by funding, developing, and managing the establishment and growth of commercial farms in rural Swaziland. These farms are professionally managed by full-time employees and are designed to assist students. Profits from each farm are used to completely fund elementary and high school tuition fees for orphans. In exchange for their tuition fees, YEF students attend the YEF educational course to learn basic life skills such as AIDS prevention, business skills and career planning.
Upon graduation, YEF will provide it’s graduates with loans to allow them to continue their education at the post-secondary level or create their own businesses with the guidance of the YEF management team.
As a social not-for-profit business, YEF creates a much needed source of income for residents in impoverished communities. Together we will work to nurture the development of a future generation of Swazi leaders, business owners and university graduates who will be able to positively contribute to the revival of the economy of Swaziland.
Through education, small business and a unique curriculum designed to teach career planning and life skills, Youth Education Farms is helping transfer Swaziland’s destiny into the hands of its people.