Medium-sized Business Development Programme

The Medium sized Business start-up scheme is designed to help a small number of our partners in the developing world expand their businesses from being a small, individual affair to become a medium sized enterprise that provides a living for a larger number of people.  When choosing candidates to participate in the Medium-sized business development programme” our field leaders look for the following criteria;Medium sized business development

  • People that we know well, whom we have worked with previously for a reasonable length of time and with whom we will continue a working a working relationship
  • Community leaders whose aims are not to get rich themselves but to create wealth that can be used to benefit the wider community
  • People who already have a proven track record in successfully running a small business
  • People with leadership skills who can manage staff and overcome the problems encountered in the daily running of a medium sized enterprise
  • People who are honest, transparent and accountable.

How does the Medium-sized Business Development Programme work?

 We will carefully identify potential participants for the Medium-sized Business Development Programme and go through their business plan to ensure that it appears realistic and viable.  We are looking for partners in Europe who will either make a gift or a loan that will enable someone launch their Medium-sized business. It is possible (desirable, though not compulsory) for European partners  to communicate with the overseas medium-sized business leader of the project that their money is invested in so that they can have regular reports of how the business is going and any problems that may have arisen.

An amount of money is initially invested into the Medium-sized business project.  Ideally we aim to link one donor to one business project.   When the business becomes profitable, the original loan is repaid in instalments at an agreed rate.

Gift or Loan?

A gift to launch a “Medium-sized business development programme” is preferred.  This lowers our administration costs and also makes it possible for more than one business to be started with the money.  Once the loan is repaid to our field leader, the money will be re-invested into another medium-sized business project.

However a loan is also very useful.  If you want to make a loan, the preferred period of repayment will be agreed before-hand with the overseas partner and yourself.  The loan amount to be paid back to you will NOT be calculated in British Pounds but in the overseas currency used by the project.  Whilst we can do our best to ensure that Medium-sized businesses are successful, we have no control of international currency rates.  So your original loan may increase or decrease in value due to the available exchange rate at the time.

Whilst we do our best to ensure that your investment is secure and to repay your loan in the agreed time-scale, WE ARE NOT ABLE TO GUARANTEE OR UNDER-WRITE YOUR LOAN.  If, due to circumstances beyond  our control the medium sized business is not able to make a profit, YOUR LOAN WILL NOT BE REPAID.   We will, however, inform you of the details of the case and give you a full picture of what happened.

Example One;

Construction of a modern piggery to extend

the pig breeding project at Yimdi

(Village of Hope)


The keeping of livestock in Burkina Faso is common.  There are an estimated at 4.9 million pigs; 7.6 million head of cattle; 17.7 million sheep and goats and 32 million poultry. The breeding of pigs is mostly traditional, practiced throughout the country generally by poor families who just have one or two pigs that eat whatever they can find on the streets or in the wild.

There is very little Commercial animal farming in the country, though it is beginning with  some specially selected crossbred animals (Large White pigs or Korhogo Land race). Pork is a very popular meet, used at parties, weddings and special festivals.

Beyond this local consumption, there is enormous potential to export pigs to destination countries in the sub region. Therefore, pig farmwe believe that it would be an opportunity to initiate a pig breeding project in Yimdi at the Village of Hope

Objectives of projects

Main Goal

Construction of a modern and bigger piggery to better breeding at the village of Hope.


Yimdi Village of Hope is a project that was started my Michael Ouedraogo as a way of helping poor children have a good education and a different future from their parents.  There is a school for 550 children, where poor children from different villages are given a really good education along with food and medical care.  There are also various vocational training projects and a college to help the children into work once they graduate.

The modern piggery would be a part of the village of hope project.  It would provide food for the school, money to pay the teachers and at the same time enable students to be trained in animal husbandry and pig farming.

Description of project

pigsThis project was chosen for its relative ease of implementation and with respect to the value the added value that the project would give to the village of hope project. This choice is also motivated by the fact that the pigs breeding seems highly profitable due to the high reproductive rate, low death rate, ease of marketing and the importance of market demand.

The project involves the construction of a modern piggery, research or production of food, treatment of animals and marketing. In a second phase, the method of Microcredit (giving pigs for breeding) will be considered.



Estimate of the project

1 Implantation ff 1       25 000         25 000
2 Excavation m3 97,4         7 500        730 500
3 Filling m3 12,3         2 000         24 600
SOUS TOTAL  I             780 100  
1 Cleanness concrete  dosed at 150kg / m3 m3 0,97       90 000         87 300
2 Concrete dosed at 250 kg / m3 for paving background pit m3 1,97     125 000        246 250
3 Reinforced concrete septic chaining background dosed at 350 kg / m3 m3 1,65     125 000        206 250
4 Masonry full of chipboard 15X20X40 dosed at 250 kg / m3 m2 77         7 500        577 500
5 Reinforced concrete poles for infrastructure dosed at 350 kg / m3 m3 0,39     125 000         48 750
6 Reinforced concrete and chaining down pit dosed at 350 kg / m3 m3 0,93     125 000        116 250
7 Reinforced concrete slab covering area septic dosed 350 kg / m3 m3 1,97     125 000        246 250
8 Sealant on the inner wall of the pit walls m2 68,8         2 000        137 600
9 Lightly reinforced concrete at pavement area m3 0,43     125 000         53 750
I0 Reinforced concrete for slab drain m3 0,45     125 000         56 250
   SUB TOTAL II      1 776 150  
III superstructure
1 Excavations channel m3 1,44         7 500         10 800
2 Concrete cleanness dosed at 150 kg / m3 m3 0,16       90 000         14 400
3 Cyclopean concrete foundation dosed at 300 kg / m3 m3 0,852       80 000         68 160
4 Under basely in Parpin full of 20X20X40 m2 2,67         8 500         22 695
5 Concrete poles m3 0,76     125 000         95 000
6 Concrete capping assayed 350kg / m3 m3 0,56     125 000         70 000
7 Coated inside and outside including connection m2 172,8         2 500        432 000
9 Ventilation pits PVC 100 including elbows and accessories ml 10       14 500        145 000
10 Masonry of hollow chipboard 15X20X40 m2 116,3         6 000        697 800
SUB TOTAL    III     1 555 855  
IV Metal Carpentry
1 Metal door full 0.70 / 1.80 U 10       40 000        400 000
SUB TOTAL   IV         400 000  
TOTAL   4 512 105  


Designation Unit Qty UP Total
  Food An 1   2 190 000      2 190 000
Veterinary care An 1        60 000           60 000
Salary An 1      180 000        180 000
Miscelaneous An 1        50 000           50 000
TOTAL      2 480 000  


DESIGNATION Unit Quantity Unit price Total
A Construction of the piggery U 1  4 512 105     4 512 105
B Working capital for a year U 1  2 480 000     2 480 000
Total construction and working capita     6 992 105  

If you are interested in investing in this project, please email

Example Two

A Chicken farm in Bobo Dioulassou

 Moses Sawadogo is a pastor with the Assemblies of God denomination in Burkina Faso, West Africa.  He is the national leader for an inter-denominational church project that seeks to start new churches and launch development programmes in poor communities where there is currently no church.  Moses has been working with almost no salary leading  poor churches and community projects for over 20 years.   He lives in a small, rented house and drives an old, battered motorbike. In addition to his church work, Moses works from time-to-time as an interpretor for overseas charities that need someone to translate when they run training programmes.  His wife works in a local school to boost the family income.  He has 3 children (children’s names and ages).   His aim is to start a medium-sized business to be able to provide for his family and to enable him to continue in his church and community development work into the future.Medium sized business development

Moses’ business plan is to start a chicken farm with 1000 egg-laying chickens.  He owns a piece of land that is suitable and big enough for the project.  Last year he ran a pilot project where he bought 100 small chicks that he fattened up and sold at a local festival, making a reasonable profit.   He wants to expand his business so that he can provide a regular income for himself as well as giving a livelihood for several other people.  As well as supporting himself and his family, Moses’  business project would also give work to a “guardian” – whose job would be to protect the property, especially at night. A farmer who would take care of the chickens, feed them and collect the eggs.  A local “whole-sale –trader” would also make a living from the project.  His job would be to come to the farm each day and buy the eggs.  He would then go around the markets selling the eggs to local market stall traders.

The financial details of Moses’ business plan is below.

If you are interested in partnering with Moses to help him start his chicken farm, please let us know.  We are happy to talk with you about the details of the project. It is also possible to communicate with Moses himself either by email, phone or Skype.  Moses speaks good English and French and is also fluent in several African languages.