Businesses and Employment

Employment through Business

Sustainability is dependent on business profitability. Home Leone has allocated a large area of the site to business development expecting the businesses to contribute to the community cash flow. The Sierra Leone environment difficult. Investors typically require high ROI’s, as reflected by the countries huge interest rates and lack of investment.  Our approach is to invest in the businesses as a social enterprise. We are now open to take direct investment into the work as we have bought a chicken farm providing investors a 3%pa ROI over 3 years.

Our concept empowers residents away from the model of dependency, enabling training and business development to act as a way to empower them to thrive and build their own lives in a holistic sustainable manner.

We have already built the first warehouses, shops, stores and generator room and brought in significant tooling to help us deliver the next phase.

The businesses we know will work and are building business plans for are:

  • A brick making factory (as Home Leone will be a key customer). This started production in June 2017 and we have made over 200,000 bricks using clay form our land.
  • A garage – Toby Johnston from the UK is  operating a for-profit garage training and enhancing the skills of mechanics.
  • A water bagging factory is set to start in October 2018.  The filtered clean water is in place and we now just seek government registrations and stock to get going.
  • A chicken farm.  We own a 10,000 bird unit on 2 acres at Kerry Town.  The first chicks arrived on 20 April 2018 and after 5 months will provide a positive cash flow – the demand for eggs and chicken is significant (The country spends over 4m Euros a year importing eggs!

In addition we are developing plans for

  • A bakery – There are many bakers who simply don’t have facilities and there are opportunities to provide added value products to restaurants and hotels.  We have start up equipment (coming November 2018 of funding allows)
  • A care home for the elderly and vulnerable adults.
  • A plastics recycling factory.

As things develop we will seek larger and more added-value business opportunities.

Infrastructure

Home Leone has a detailed planned for all aspects of the community’s infrastructure.   There will be the schools, football pitches, community centres, vocational training and much more.  The main road has been set and a bridge built that opens quicker access to the village from the main road.

 

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