Grants

The Global Native: Enhancing agriculture in Zimbabwe

AFFORD would like to congratulate The Global Native, one of our current grantees, for their great social impact on the lives of farmers in 3 villages in Zimbabwe.

The Global Native invest in large trucks in order to provide transport services to farmers in rural areas enabling them to move their products faster to more profitable markets. With The Global Native’s trucks, farmers can transport greater quantity of products at cheaper prices, transport their goods to the markets quicker, therefore increasing revenue and improving their livelihood.

AFFORD awarded The Global Native a £30,000 matched grant as part of the Diaspora Business Planning Competition in 2017. Over a period of 12 months, The Global Native has already made impressive progress. The grant has enabled them to scale up their work, buying a 40 ton truck. On top of AFFORD’s grant, The Global Native raised further investment from the diaspora through their Enaleni platform and have bought 3 additional trucks, creating a total of 23 new jobs. The Global Native works with Turning Matabeleland Green, who have trained over 10,000 farmers in chicken production and tomato growing in the southern region of Zimbabwe.

Na Ncube, Founder and Director at Global Native has found the support from AFFORD paramount in growing the enterprise and stated:

“AFFORD’s grant has helped us generate 100% increase in sales which would have been difficult without the extra injection of capital. Business expansion needs capital, and for most diaspora businesses this is a limiting factor in expanding our enterprises. Demand on the ground still exceeds supply therefore we are still looking for new capital to scale up further over the next year. If you are interested in investing in our work, please get in touch at info@enaleni.org.” 

We’re Hiring: Grants Programme Assistant

AFFORD seeks a Grants Programme Assistant with great interpersonal skills, professional demeanour, integrity, sound judgment, and strong analytical and documentation management skills. The Grants Programme Assistant will be an integral part of the AFFORD Grants team and will work under the direction of the Deputy Executive Director.
The successful candidate will have the ability to communicate clearly through both oral and written means, clarifying and implementing grants guidelines, reviewing and writing reports and participating in meetings attended by a wide range of people. S/he will be able to work with the Grants Team on all administration aspects of the role, including contract documentation and database management, to a timely and accurate standard.

The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about the development of diaspora businesses and organisations in their attempt to contribute to job creation and development in Africa. They must have a keen interest in diaspora investment and the potential it has in adding significantly to the African social economy. This role will suit a candidate who is proactive, has a problem-solving attitude and is can hit the ground running in a busy and productive environment.

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