Kanybek was formed in1998, in Rank in the Northern part of Sudan. Kanybek deals in agriculture, they cultivate cassava, maize, and sorghum in Rank, but then in 2003, they expanded it in Malakal in the same field. Kanybek went ahead and introduced a bakery in Malakal that is in the year 2007, also in Bor. They are now dealing in the bakery and sorghum, cassava and maize milling; they have managed to locate their office in Juba. The project expanded as it got funding from the USADF in the year 2018.
The business adapted well with the pandemic, educating their staff and members and finding an efficient way of continuing their business such as the staff rotations in the bakeries and the hand-washing station they placed at the bakeries selling point for both staff and customers. The Kanybek group will be launching their branch in the next two months, which will be May as it comes to a close.
Kanybek’s Bakery is also one of the cheapest bakery’s in Juba, 400ssp for a bag of bread (which contains 10 pieces of bread), using about 13- 20 50KG sacks where 1 sack produces 1,000 pieces of bread, Kanybek produces about 13,000 to 20,000 pieces of bread in a day. The group is working on opening a new bakery in Juba Town, finishing up final touches and plan to open this year.
The group attracted an International organization, this is to show that they have been on their toes and are achieving their goals. Kanybek being known for always putting effort and hard work in whatever they do, this is just to show that they are taking it to another level to want to be the major bread producing company in South Sudan. An International Organization called the IFDC (International Fertilizer Development Center) sought out Kanybek- impressed with their work to learn more about them and discuss potentially working with them in the future. They discussed potentially mixing wheat and maize however with the local method of baking the bread will be hardened and modern bakeries’ use chemical to make the bread softer using these techniques so as the group ventures into modernizing their bakeries they may potentially use this method, but a lot of consumption is not good for the body so they are also in the process of researching healthy alternatives to incorporate in their baking.
Kanybek group is also expanding their farms to a new location to reach more farmers in Central Equatoria that are good areas for maize production.
Transforming Agriculture through Cooperative Institutional Development and Capacity Building
Through funding from the United States African Development Foundation (USADF), Foundation for Youth Initiative (FYI) supports farming cooperative groups in South Sudan by way of capacity building and cooperative institutional development. Kuru-Ko Wate Women’s Self Help is one of the cooperative groups that FYI has worked with and helped transform through the Fresh Vegetables and Spice Processing Capacity Building Project.
Before the start of the project, Kuru Ko Wate was having difficulty in understanding the seasons and weather and particular crops that should be planted at each season. The climate led to poor/low yields for this co-op.
Vegetables and fruits are important components of South Sudanese dishes. Vegetables and fruits are grown under nearly all farming systems. The potential for growing Amaranthus, Sukuma wiki (Kale), Onions, Okra (Lady Fingers), Tomatoes, Eggplants, Potatoes, Cabbages, Bananas, Mangoes, Papayas, Oranges, Lemons and Pineapples is very high. Their short maturity, quick ground cover, relatively high productivity, and adaptation to a more marginal soil condition allow farmers significant flexibility on how they incorporate the crop into their farming system. Currently, most of the vegetables and food commodities sold in South Sudanese markets are imported from Uganda which makes the products more expensive to the poor public despite the country having the potential to produce its own food and possibly export to neighbouring countries. KKSH took the initiative to breach this high-demand market plus adding value to their products by processing spices with them.
KKSH has improved its management capabilities and transformed the group through capacity building and engagement of embedded experts who taught KKSH production, processing, marketing, and financial management. Vegetable yields increased from less than 1 ton per hectare to about 3t/ha and members’ standard of living also drastically improved. The group managed to acquire high-quality seeds that they provided their farmers with in order to increase the value of their agricultural yield and quality of their products- which meant more production of their spices which they also package and sell in multiple supermarkets across Juba; Jet supermarket, Phenicia Supermarket and Diesel Supermarket and in the future with more revenues and a production increase, they seek to expand to supply more supermarkets within Juba attempting to establish dominance in the market. Also, the multiple trainings carried out amongst the members benefited them by building their capacity in business knowledge which they apply to their own individual businesses and personal lives (improved livelihoods).
On the 12th of January 2021, Foundation for Youth Initiative and Whittaker’s Peace and Development Initiative jointly organized our second boot camp exercise in Juba selected youth groups who were drawn from the WPDI’s pool of trained youth in Central Equatoria State in South Sudan. This 4 day Boot camp took place in DefyHate Now’s aesthetically pleasing office space and conference hall in Juba. The boot camp was structured to provide youth with hands-on business skills designed to help them build strong business models that play roles in developing business ventures and at the same provide them with the platform to pitch business proposals that can be screened and selected for funding upon approval by USADF.
The Business Canvas Boot camp was successfully conducted from January 12th -15th January 2021 in Juba, South Sudan. Initially, a list containing 25 delegates was proposed from the pool of WPDI’s trained youth but this was trimmed down to 12 delegates given the situation of COVID-19 protocols and their associated measures. The participants were transported to Juba from their respective counties and payams, accommodated in hotels in Juba for a period of four days of the exercise. The FYI team trained the participants in business tools that gave them skills to generate ideas, refined proposals, and competed for their venture before the 3-man panelists.
Out of the 12 participants that pitched their Business plans; and make a selection of 10. The Seed capital support the participants will receive in 2021 is an initial $10,000 each to 10 selected winners of the Business Plan Boot camp Competition. FYI’s team came up with a scorecard with a list of criteria for scoring the business plan pitches for the participants. This scorecard system ensured a very fluid and authentic and most importantly fair scoring of the presentations to ensure full transparency that is going solely based on the business idea fitting the right selection criteria which are; the viability and profitability of the business idea, whether the aim and goal of the business was achievable; the market analysis competency; value proposition, marketing, and sales strategy; socioeconomic impact on surrounding communities and the risk and loss assessment amongst other components. Ten out of the 12 applications, as indicated above, were selected based on the predetermined criteria, and they were recommended for further development and funding upon approval by the USADF.
The Global Trading Agency (GTA) Group is the grantees signed for the new Off-Grid program launched by the USADF in association with FYI. This project aims at providing electricity to multiple households and businesses within the Gudele-West area in Juba. Only 1% of the population has access to electricity and power despite having the advantage of sunshine all year round. The GTA group decided to take advantage of this by coming up with the idea of using solar energy to supply their targeted consumers.
Up to 750 people (and more in the future) will benefit directly from this project. In South Sudan, there is a high reliance on diesel generators which are quite expensive in the long run-thus many households remain without power and most people lack the capital to start businesses due to the high costs of owning a generator. Solar power in comparison to diesel generations is very efficient and cheaper to maintain in the long run. The only issue is that the installation of a solar panel can go up to 10 times the cost of buying a generator and the local population lack the possibility of maintenance and the high repair costs make it quite expensive to sustain. Due to the high demand for electrical power, the GTA group has decided to devise a project where they would provide solar systems to homes, businesses, NGO’s and government institutions is a prime investment in the South Sudanese context especially in the Capital Juba where GTA is based. Key buyers that GTA has made contact with and provided power to in the past include homes, micro-business Enterprises, pharmacies, NGOs, local churches, hospitals, schools, and government ministries. The eminent success of this project will greatly contribute to the South Sudanese economy as more people within Juba will be able to open more businesses without having to worry about powering their business as they now will have an affordable and reliable electricity supply.
GTA aims to provide affordable electricity to households and businesses in Juba which will over time increase the quality of life for the residences, as well as the running of the businesses being supplied while reducing contributing to improving the environment by providing a cleaner energy alternative to generators which causes noise pollution and the adverse effects that burning fuel has by emitting pollutants such as Nitrogen oxide into the atmosphere. This project is one of many in the road of making South Sudan more environmentally friendly and developing the economy.
The KEDA (Koyle East Development Association) Peanut Paste capacity-building project has proved an immense success for the group. During this current COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses have been impacted adversely but due to planning ahead, the KEDA group managed to increase their production as they settled the issue of machinery through the USADF Grant and began stocking the raw materials of their groundnuts (peanuts) from November by paying attention to the global news after hearing the report of the first COVID-19 cases and decided to prepare themselves in case of a global and national crisis. They accomplished this by going to the production site once a week, the cleaning of the groundnuts; The four stages for their groundnut production being; shelling/roasting of the nuts where the groundnuts, the next stage is peeling the outer layers of the groundnuts. Then cleaning is done after they have been removed from the peeling machine then they kept in the grinding machine where the G-nuts are ground into small peanuts and then they are kept into the containers ready to be taken the producers who use their machinery to turn the raw nut into peanut butter, which was tested and was proven to be good quality ready for consumption. They process their peanut butter by putting it in the filling machine depending on the grams after they produced the peanut butter. They locally commercialized the peanut, as the locals supply them with the groundnuts. They get the supply to see if it is clean, take it to the roaster, peel it, clean it again and grind it and put them in commercial packaging containers called “SHUSU-SHUSU Peanut Butter “approved by the South Sudan Standard Bureau which they supply their peanut butter to the vendors and so far, they have six vendors (supermarkets where they supply the 500gs and 250gs) to multiple commercial vendors in Juba; Juba Mall, Jamal Shop, Nasama Supermarket, Elenna Supermarket, Sabriem Supermarket, Super Market Tonj, and Mine-Supermarket where their products are competing with imported goods to the market and NGO’s.
Though the group is doing well, the issue with the pandemic is the prices of their peanut butter keep’s fluctuating as the economy is unstable, however, due to their planning ahead they are generating more sales because most peanut paste producers in Juba have been affected by the pandemic and therefore their production is low compared to KEDA, giving the group an advantage in the market.
Their future plans for expansion is to educate the local people to produce more and provide more farmers with seeds to expand their raw material supplier base whilst benefiting multiple farmers who will give back in the form of the volume of grams. They are looking forward to producing groundnuts oil and sesame. The group of suppliers agreed to supply them with the groundnuts in three months as they are ready for supply.
The USADF C.A.R.E.S Emergency Fund given to the group during the current COVID-19 -19, 75% is going to be used to upscale their groundnuts production and improve some operation inputs. The group also plans on giving the local public COVID-19 awareness by running a campaign on safe practices and providing safety gear such as masks to the farmers and soaps. Their advice to farmers (G-nuts farmers) is locally producing the groundnuts for the country’s consumption to reduce the country’s dependency on importing products that can be locally produced.
“We would like to thank our granters USADF and FYI for supporting us during the Covid-19 and that it will come to an end for farmers to continue producing their products in South Sudan. We would on our side do our best in the production of the G-nuts into peanut butter and let us keep on doing what we can to help the country’s agricultural and private sector improve”– John Faustino, Business Manager
On the 20th of April 2020, the United States African Development Foundation launched the USADF C.A.R.E.S COVID -19 Program to build resilience among African enterprises and entrepreneurs while combating COVID-19 -19 IN Africa. The program has assisted their South Sudanese grantees with an emergency fund to assist them during these hard times.
100 Water Jerricans procured by ADA for distribution
ADA’s Protective Gear’s; masks, gloves, hand sanitizers for COVID-19
The Akari Development Association (ADA) have used their emergency fund to supply protective gears such as masks and hand sanitizers to many farm members and the surrounding community. They have also taken the initiative to set up multiple handwashing stations by procuring 100 jerricans and hand soaps to distribute among their members and the small businesses operating in the communities in the Kpuri and Kappo areas in Jubek County. Two Speeches by the ADA Board members were given during the coverage of this event by the SSBC (South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation)
There is currently no lockdown in South Sudan due to the economic situation as the vast population depending on daily incomes from small economic activities such as selling in markets, streets hawking, transportation and selling affordable food in small shops all across the city of Juba. ADA has taken it upon them to supply protection to the local community to carry out their daily activities safely as possible and minimizing the chance of contracting COVID-19 -19 to the best of their abilities.
“We would like to thank the USADF and FYI for supporting us and we shall continue to hope that COVID -19 shall come to an end in South Sudan so that our farmers will be free to cultivate and produce more for the sustainability of our people, until then we have to do what we can help” – Anna Nana Bona, Deputy Chairperson in the Board of Directors of Akari Development Association.
FYI CEO; Mr albino Gaw with Tom Coogan- Former Regional Director of the UASDF in Washington DC 2018
Mr Albino Gaw Dar, co-founded Foundation for Youth Initiative in 2011 with the purpose to create a platform that can enable young people to fully participate in the development processes of a new nation, South Sudan. Albino grew up In a village, schooled in refugee camps, studied sociology and worked for the public institutions. This exposure gives him a deep sense of curiosity and eagerness to understand the people and the world around him. This happened at first through local customs, values, and roles, later through traveling to different regions as a refugee. As of today, he is currently working as a social development specialist- advocating for building future business leader and successful bureaucrats in the country.
His inspiration to start his own NGO was born out of frustration over years, trailing back to 2005, when South Sudan became an autonomous region following the signing of Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between the Sudan People Liberation Movement/ Army (SPLM/A) and National Congress Party of the Sudan Government which resulted in the formation of the government of South Sudan.
Citizens from the region of South Sudan were recruited into the public sectors, particularly departments of ministries, commissions, and pastoralist bodies. In the processes of recruitment, only elders were appointed to become heads and senior civil servants of units either because of their ages, military background, or past work experience with public institutions in previous Sudan. The youth, particularly the educated youth were not recruited into a senior hierarchy or given meaningful assignments in various departments of public institutions. Despite their prowess, they were just relegated to junior positions such as clerks, junior insecure. These positions lack the meaningful scope of work that commensurate their educational qualifications. As a result, many educated young people were estranged and frustrated because their skills are being underutilized.
Albino personally worked for two public institutions of South Sudan; an assistant inspector for the Ministry of Cooperative and Rural Development in 2006; and then he joined the Public Grievances Chamber as its executive secretary- leaving both positions as his skills were not being utilized to the best of his expectations.
His concept of social development revolves around two models: private Sector Development and empowerment of youth-led and women-led enterprises: the overall purpose of his model is to create and promote self-sustaining grassroots-led small and medium enterprise that focuses on value creation, innovation, technology adaptation and learning processes designed to enable young people to contribute resolution of social problems affecting communities.
“My message to South Sudanese youth is that South Sudan is a home of diverse social groups who are intertwines by the River Nile and its tributaries and bounty natural resources including arable land, game reserves, mineral, solar energy and other strategic commodities. My understanding of availability of significantly contri8bute to the global enrichment.”- Albino Gaw Dar/ Chief Executive Officer of Foundation for Youth Initiative
Organic Cooking Oil Company (OCO) was formed by 240 South Sudanese smallholder farmers in 2012, primarily to improve the living standards of its members. OCO has been involved in the production of peanut paste and limited production of peanut oil since its establishment. However, OCO is faced with enormous challenges including lack of funds to double the purchase of peanut from farmers, lack of processing equipment, and lack of technical know-how in the production of peanut oil the funds awarded by the USADF in 2018 was intended to scale up cooking oil-processing business.
South Sudanese smallholder farmers in Kapuri of Central Equatoria State formed Akari Development Association (“ADA”) in 2010. ADA has a membership of 463 individuals, 260 of whom are women. ADA purchases sorghum grains from members, which it processes into sorghum flour and cleaned grains for sale in local markets. ADA would like to expand its sorghum flour processing capabilities, as there is additional strong demand for its product in local markets. ADA is constrained, however, by its use of traditional sorghum flour processing methods, as well as limited business management and financial capacities.
ADA’s Sorghum Milling Capacity Building Project is proposed to improve sorghum production by smallholder farmers with a view to strengthening their operational capabilities. The project is intended to provide necessary inputs such as milling equipment, packaging materials, technical training, and other extension services needed to strengthen operational capabilities of ADA with particular emphasis in value addition development.
The project is financially viable, socially rewarding, and economically sustainable. It is therefore recommended that USADF should provide funding and technical support for the proposed project. The project has high chances of expansion and also being replicated elsewhere in the country.
The proposed project is to be located in Kapuri Village. It is a food-producing project primarily involving in the production and packaging of sorghum flour. The production/packaging of sorghum flour has no negative impact on the environment. The packaging materials or equipment are not noisy. Through the improvement of productivity, most of the members of ADA and the target smallholder sorghum producers will achieve food self-sufficiency. This situation will greatly contribute to the stabilization of food availability in their rural areas, particularly for the improvement of food and nutrition security.
Gezira Young People Agribusiness Trust was formed in 2012 by 135 South Sudanese youth who come from different ethnic backgrounds to engage in the business of fruit juice and smoothie blending. The primary goals of the organization are to create jobs to enable youth to become self-reliant, support food security in their community, and provide market linkages to fresh fruit farmers. GYPAT operates a juice shop in Juba and sources fresh fruit from farmers in surrounding rural areas. GYPAT has the opportunity to expand its juice business in Juba and thus increase farmer incomes as well but constrained by a lack of capacity in business and financial management, limited production capacity and inadequate funds to purchase relevant equipment and sufficient quantities of fresh fruits and vegetables for processing into juice and smoothies. GYPAT was awarded their grant of $99,729.00 by the USADF in 2018
Foundation for Youth Initiative would provide technical assistance on numerous topics including ADF Required Financial and Participatory M&E; Financial Management and Entrepreneurship; Governance and Management; Agronomy; Revolving Fund Management; Policies and Procedures Manual Development; Business Plan Development and Project Evaluation.
This project is expected to improve GYPAT’s prospects for sustained expansion as indicated by the development of a comprehensive five-year business plan that deems suitable for funding by a donor or other financial institutions. It is also expected to improve GYPAT’’s financial management, business management capacity, technical and operational capacity, marketing capacity, help increase farmers’ incomes, increased agricultural investments, and supporting young farmers- both members and non-members.
KEDA member cleaning the raw peanuts before processing in to paste
Koyle East Development Association (KEDA) was awarded $98,707.00 in 2017 by the USADF for its peanut paste capacity building project. The project funds will be used to improve the business and financial management of KEDA through a series of training and of a management team. The funds will also build its technical capacity by expanding and improving its peanut paste operations through training in sustainable agriculture and peanut production, quality control and food safety, and through its purchase of a paste-pressing machine to process the natural groundnut into a paste to supply to the market within Juba. The groups also have commercialized their product by obtaining packaging, labels, and approval from the Food Authority for commercial distribution in supermarkets- competing with imported products. The project is located in Koyle Community Center, Koyle East, Rejaf County- Central Equatoria.
Awarded their grant from the USADF in 2018. Compass Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society (CMCS) is using the project funds will be used to improve the business and financial management of Compass and the farmer groups, increase the vegetable production of the farmer groups through training, purchase improved seeds, seedlings, and garden tools, installing drip irrigation and hiring an agricultural extension officer. The Compass group supports 80 farmers located in Gondokoro Island in Juba County and Terekeka County, Central Equatoria State. The group processes the raw materials into sesame cooking oil and sesame paste which they supply to multiple markets within Terekeka and expanded their sales market into the Capital City Juba.
With grant funds from USADF, Foundation for Youth Initiative has supported APP’s Amimbaru Peanut Paste Capacity Building Project that invested on agro-processing of peanut paste to improve the standard of living of low-income agricultural producers in Loa Pageri Administrative Area in Eastern Equatoria State of South Sudan. The grant was used to facilitate peanut paste production, market linkages for peanut sales by the farmers, awareness creation about new agricultural technologies, capacity building for group members, micro-credit revolving loans for women and youth empowerment for poverty, hunger and illiteracy reduction.
Foundation for Youth Initiative has provided demand-driven training and technical assistance on numerous topics including Enterprise Development and Marketing; Peanut Paste Production, Quality Control and Food Safety; Sustainable agriculture and peanut production: the best agricultural Practices; Governance and Systems Development; Financial Management Systems Development; Administrative and Operational Systems Development, Brand Development and Marketing Plan and 5-year Business Plan Development.
Now, APP has improved its prospects for sustained expansion as indicated by the development of a comprehensive five-year business plan that deems suitable for funding by a donor or other financial institutions, improved financial management, improved business management capacity, improved technical and operational capacity and improved marketing capacity. It also helped increase farmers’ income by almost $500,000, increased agricultural investments by $700,000, and supported 1,009 farmers both members and non-members.
Funded by the USADF in 2015 for their Maize Milling Capacity Building Project then qualified for another expansion grant for the production of Maize flour in 2018 with this Maize Milling Production Expansion Project. The project funds will be used to build Kanybek’s capacity in business and financial management. The funds will also build technical capacity by providing training in sustainable agriculture and establishing a small milling facility to process raw maize into maize flour while supporting 60 smallholder farmers.
Funded by USADF in 2015, Foundation for Youth Initiative supported Kanybek General Trading and Investment Company Ltd on its Kanybek Maize Milling Capacity Building Project. The goal of the project was to improve the standard of living of 300-low-income maize-growers in Mugali, Eastern Equatoria State of South Sudan. The purpose of the project was to improve Kanybek’s prospects for sustained expansion as indicated by the development of a comprehensive five-year business plan that deems suitable for funding by a donor or financial institution, improved financial management capacity, management capacity and technical capacity evidenced by Kanybek’s ability to produce milled maize flour for sale to the market in a financially sustainable way.
Foundation for Youth Initiative has provided demand-driven training and technical assistance on numerous topics including Enterprise Development And Marketing, Food Quality Control And Safety, Sustainable Agriculture And Maize Production, Agricultural Best Practices, Governance and Systems Development, Financial Management Systems Development, Administrative, and Operational Systems Development, Business Plan Development and Market Brand and Plan. Now in its second year, Kanybek has helped to increase farm income by almost $500,000, increased agricultural investments by $1 million, supporting 3,039 farmers both members and non-members.
With grant assistance from USADF in 2015, Foundation for Youth Initiative supported Kajo Keji Lulu Works Multipurpose Cooperative Society on its Kajo Keji Shea Nut Butter Oil Capacity Building Project. The project developed LWMCS’s operational capacity in financial and business management and improve its production capacity by establishing a Shea nut purchase fund and purchasing an oil expeller and related equipment to produce grade A Shea butter products for export in the East Africa Region. The goal of the project was to improve the standard of living of LWMCS members in Kajo Keji County of Central Equatoria State in South Sudan. The Project was aimed to improve LWMCS’s prospects for sustained expansion as indicated by the development of a comprehensive five-year business plan that USADF deems suitable for funding by a donor or other financial institutions, improved financial management, improved business management capacity, improved technical and operational capacity and improved marketing capacity.
Foundation for Youth Initiative has provided demand-driven training and technical assistance on numerous topics including Enterprise Development and Marketing, Grinding Machines Operations, Safety, Oil processing, and Shea nut Butter Oil Quality Control; Sustainable Lulu Nut Production; Agricultural Best Practices; Governance and Systems Development; Financial Management Systems Development; Administrative and Operational Systems Development, Brand Development and Marketing Plan and 5-year Business Plan Development. Now in its second year, LWMCS has helped to increase farm income by almost $70,000, increased agricultural investments by $80,000, and supported 2,009 farmers both members and non-members in Kajo Keji in South Sudan.