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Preventing school dropouts by growing vegetables

Many young people in Yéviépé in western Togo have to drop out of school due to lack of money. In cooperation with the farm GAVISA, Solidarität konkret e.V. helps them to help themselves. By selling home-grown vegetables, the students can earn the missing school fees and learn useful things on the side.

The problem

In the village of Yéviépé, the school career of many students often ends involuntarily after six years. While attendance at the six-grade elementary school is free of charge, school fees of around €13 per year plus money for textbooks and exercise books are charged at the secondary collège. Many students cannot afford this.

The approach

The students who have difficulties paying their school fees come to the GAVISA farm every Friday after school and help out. They weed the beds, help with watering and harvesting. And they learn useful things: how to make compost, how to grow different kinds of vegetables, and how to make a natural insect repellent from the leaves of the Nim tree.

For two years now, they have had a section in the farm’s garden where they grow, harvest and sell their own vegetables. The proceeds go into the students’ self-managed school fee fund.

Our contribution

Since the income from vegetable sales is often not enough to pay the school fees for 26 young people, we have agreed with GAVISA to contribute the missing amount – so that no young person in Yéviépé has to drop out of school due to lack of money.

The GAVISA farm was founded in 2012 by Komla Zivi and other supporters from Togo. Thanks to taking good care of the soil, biodynamic cultivation techniques adapted to local conditions and the tireless efforts of the association members, the farm is growing and thriving. Since 2019, the farm is officially recognized as a training farm for organic and sustainable agriculture in Togo.

Partner organisation: GAVISA

Location: Yéviépé, near Kpalimé, in the west of Togo

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