Ecotourism Enterprise and Financial Management Education Project (EEFMEP) for sustainable livelihood
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Ecotourism Enterprise and Financial Management Education Project employ rigorous methodologies to monitor programs and evaluate impact. We use ODK, the mobile technology tool to collect and analyze our M&E data. Our work begins at individual level in that we have 200% increase in savings, 35% increase in standard of living and an average of $450 savings per ecotourism enterprise group. Repeatable model is scaled up across Buliisa District and 22 new enterprises started, 220 enterprise owners and 500 total lives impacted (Cumulative members since 2013). We have usually targeted lives below $1.90 per day, 81% women, average age: 32 years old, has 6.5 dependents, and Unemployed or subsistence farmer After 1-year of our program, we have; Environment conserved by 52%, Standard of living increased by 35%, Food consumption and security enhanced by 178%, Protein in diet increased 4 times, Status enhanced within community, Women reinvest 90% of their income in their families and communities, compared to men who reinvest only 30% to 40% of their income. Targeting; We use locally defined poverty indicators via the Participatory Wealth Ranking process and Progress Out of Poverty Index to ensure that 95% of our participants fall below the poverty line. Monitoring; We use enterprise plans, exit surveys and enterprise savings group surveys to track the progress of all ecotourism enterprise groups. Evaluation; We conduct consumption and expenditure surveys and PPI surveys at the beginning and end of each training program to assess our impact. Reporting; We produce internal performance reports three times per year to troubleshoot problems in a timely fashion and ensure the smooth implementation of program activities and expected outcomes. Longevity studies; We complete periodic longevity studies to assess the sustainability of our small enterprises two years after creation. Most Significant Change; We supplement our rigorous data collection with success stories.
Sustainability and future plans
Ecotourism enterprise and Financial Education Project is committed to helping achieve the United Nations #1.1 Sustainable Development Goal of ending extreme poverty and conserve biodiversity by 2030. Ecotourism Enterprise and Financial Management Education Project has already transformed the lives of 500 rural Murchison community, and is now poised to reach potentially thousands or more. Our new strategic plan outlines our roadmap for rapid scaling. By 2020, we will lift an additional 2000 rural Africans out of extreme poverty! The U.N.s goal of ending extreme poverty in 15 years will take new innovations and collaborations. Our scaling strategy includes both organic growth and partnering with flagship organizations. To increase our impact and scale, Ecotourism Enterprise and Financial Education Project is pursuing a dual strategy of increasing our own in-country growth and forming new partnerships with NGOs, governmental agencies, corporations, foundations, research institutions, universities, religious institutions, and giving networks. In addition, we are also launching a new, cutting-edge Incubator to develop innovations that address the unique needs of the poorest of the poor in the most impactful and cost-effective manner. Drawing on input from our ecotourism enterprise owners and mentors, as well as from current industry best practices, the Incubator will foster country-based learning and adaptation and allows us to test, share, and scale solutions that work for the unique circumstances of the extreme poor. If you are interested in partnering with us or learning more, please contact us at [email protected] Vision A community free of extreme poverty and chronic hunger while conserved Mission To equip poor households living around wildlife habitats with resources to start sustainable enterprises while conserving biodiversity. Values Ubuntu We serve people living in extreme poverty with respect, empathy and dignity regardless of ethnicity, gender, religion or education level, and value our common humanity. Passion We believe passionately in our mission and the ability of people living in extreme
Your profile as an entrepreneur
I am a Ugandan, male, 29 years old, very innovative and enterprising gentleman with strong interpersonal conduct and integrity. I hold Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the Uganda Pentecostal University. Besides, I am the founder of Ecotourism Enterprise and Financial Management Education Project ( EEFMEP) that work to equip poor households living around wildlife/natural habitats with resources to start sustainable enterprises to transform lives and conserve biodiversity. Before this, I closely worked as a Business Mentor, Trainer, and Research Assistant with several of livelihood and impact assessment based organizations/ companies including; Village Enterprise Uganda, Community Resource Development Initiative ( CRDI) Ltd, WestNile Private Sector development Promotion Center ( WENIPS) Ltd, and Air Water Earth ( AWE) Ltd respectively. The five years of hands on experience in enterprise development especially under non- for profit sector justifies my involvement in this competition.