Rural Economic Development
Most Tanzanian children are the sons and daughters of farmers. And many of those farms don’t produce enough food for those children to eat.
Most Tanzanians live off of less than $1.25 a day.
Agriculture takes 75% of the labor force, but only produces 25% of the nation’s income.
To truly tackle poverty, Tanzania has to find solutions to growing its rural economy.
JBFC believes through education and better handling of resources, we can help kick start a rural economic revolution.
JBFC is cultivating an 35-acre farm at our flagship campus that not only produce crops and livestock to help feed our girls and students, but also a surplus to sell at market.
For Joseph & Mary students, the JBFC farm serves as an outdoor classroom where their science lessons can come to life. We’re teaching practical applications to the next generation of Tanzanian farmers that we believe will improve farm production. Our students also enjoy the fruits of their labor, with the farm supplying the food for meals twice a day. So not only are we improving education, but the JBFC farm is helping to keep our campus costs low.
The JBFC farm is also making a difference in our community of Kitongo, acting as a catalyst for our local economy. Since we started boosting agricultural production, Kitongo now has a local market where villagers can buy and sell goods. Before JBFC, villagers would have had to walk for six miles to reach the nearest market.
In all aspects of the JBFC model, we have a goal of self-sustainability. By providing a source of food for the campus as well as surplus income from the sale of livestock and produce, JBFC is able to provide for itself, which is the key to its longevity.
Water & Energy
Another key component to our sustainable campus model is the ability to provide safe and potable water and an inexpensive, efficient energy solution.
We have received a grant from Rotary International for the potable water system on campus, which uses a combination of rain and lake water to supply the entire campus with safe, clean water. The system uses slow-sand filtration to make sure that any harmful bacteria are removed from the water, preventing a variety of water-transmittable diseases.
JBFC is also harnessing the power of the sun to run our campus. We’ve equipped the campus with solar panels, a solar water tank, and our girls even use solar flashlights at night thanks to some generous donors. We still have to supplement some of our energy needs with gas-fueled generators, but JBFC is committed to increasing our use of solar power to cut costs and dependability on volatile fuel markets. We encourage you to support our solar solution.
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