When Moses returned to Ashesi, he learned about the D-Prize, an initiative that funds new entrepreneurs who are working towards making impact through proven poverty interventions in developing countries. He teamed up with freshman year roommate, Sihle Magaula, and together they formed Tieme Ndo, an initiative to support farmers in Northern Ghana.
In May 2017, the D-Prize awarded Moses and Sihle $20,000 to run a pilot for their initiative. The focus of Tieme Ndo, which means “push me up” is two-fold: to provide farmers with needed supplies (at the right time and on credit), and to help make them become financially independent.a
“Most of the farmers only do the basic farming, planting and harvesting, and thereafter have no impact in the agricultural value chain,” says Sihle. “Besides distributing these supplies and raising agriprenuers, we want them to have a broader input in the agricultural value chain.”
Since receiving their grant, Moses and Sihle have worked in four communities in the Upper West Region, and benefitted over 500 farmers, far exceeding their goal of 130. The duo have created a supply chain, trained farmers in entrepreneurship and best practices, and created networks and associations for farmers to share experiences and assess progress.
For the two, the experience and impact thus far has drawn them further into extending the program. Sihle, a Computer Science student, has dedicated his capstone project to building an application to help connect farmers better to extension officers. Moses continues to work closely with farmers to foster community. “One of the things I’ve learned is to build trust,” he says. “We are trusting them with our input, in that they will pay back at the right time, while improving their yields, and also they are trusting us by agreeing to work with us to also learn from us.”
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