The vision is to create an in-country culture to reverse the cycle of poverty is centered on its flagship Alpha Program. Through this program, ENI will work with its partners to engage actors in the public, private, and civil sectors to facilitate cooperation and partnerships in order to attain such outcomes as community leadership, quality education, and increased employment opportunities. The program is designed to support food production for personal consumption, as well as for sale in the marketplace. The main objectives of the program include the provision of educational, leadership and vocational skills training, and will be delivered via the following projects:
The Educational Farm will support the development of agricultural entrepreneurial skills training and education through practical internships and work-study. Over the course of 18 months, students will enroll in an intensive educational program and will learn such sustainable farming practices as crop farming and animal husbandry. The Educational Farm will primarily serve students from our partner organizations, but it will also be accessible for farmers in the local community.
The Farm Co-Op will support the surrounding farming community through the provision of on-going educational and informational seminars and programs. Industry experts will be brought in to partner campuses in a quarterly basis and host lectures and presentations, as well as run hands-on practical sessions that will enhance learning and deepen knowledge for local farmers.
Community Leadership Project
A selective project that will target gifted leaders in the student body. Successful graduates and local farmers from the Educational Farm project will be identified and provided with on-going leadership training and support for their entrepreneurship. This system of support will serve as a vital tool to ensure that the small agro-businesses that blossom remain rooted in serving their local communities.
Micro Loan System
Once the Educational Farm project is at full implementation, a micro-loan system will be introduced serve as an aid for start-up small businesses. Loan disbursements will be made exclusively to Educational Farm graduates and women in order to support the entrepreneurial endeavors. Funds will be used to acquire tools, procure land, and purchase seeds and animals. ENI will also provide a web-shop that will facilitate the sale of locally manufactured goods on the worldwide web. The loans will also be used to support this transaction.
Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean."