Businesses and Employment

Employment and Livelihood

Business profitability contributes to the long term sustainability goals. Home Leone has allocated a significant portion of land to support livelihood development and increase resilience. This supports community cash flow. The Sierra Leone business environment is not straight forward. Investors typically require high ROI’s, as reflected by the countries interest rates and lack of investment.

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 construction arm where we build homes, schools and other buildings for third parties.
  • A brick making factory. This started production in June 2017 and we have made over 500,000 bricks using clay from 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 sells filtered clean water to tyose in ythe local environment anad as far away as Kambia.
  • A market garden has a large variety fo plants for sale.
  • A bakery is all ready and will start operations in late 2020.

In addition we are developing plans for

  • A Passion Fruit Farm.
  • An aquaponics business.
  • 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.

Micro Loans

We have gained much learning from a village women’s micro loans programme.  We also run Keh Kehs (local 3 wheel taxis) which have provided self- employment for 6 of our residents

Infrastructure

Home Leone has a detailed plan for all aspects of the community’s infrastructure.   We are developing 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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