Espoir Congo's local Congolese partner SABEC runs a micro-agricultural program on a 2-hectare property in Kikimi, where the primary school is situated.
Vegetables, peanuts and fruits are grown both for student consumption as well as a micro enterprise to provide income to support the orphan work, in addition to providing agricultural training for the older boys.
While the tuition is waived for orphans who attend the school, there is a greatly-subsidized tuition fee for the children from the village and other surrounding areas.
For parents who cannot afford even this nominal amount, they are loaned a small plot of land to grow vegetables which they can resell and thereby help cover their children’s tuition fees and medical care.
Thanks to a social investment from the French association SEL, a fishbreeding program was developed in nearby ponds, along with small-scale pig and chicken breeding.
The orphan youth are taught farming skills and help care for the livestock, and derive a livelihood in the process.