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Timbali found a way to connect low skilled, young, inexperienced, unemployed rural people, (75% women), to sophisticated markets by means of our incubation product supply chain and enabling environment created in the Agri-Parks. Timbali’s reliable Prototype-System-Driven-Cluster-Model tips the balance in favour of the start-up SMME to increase economy of scale and by using a system-dependent-business-format that enables the small agri-business to consistently deliver a predictable, high-quality product to the market. This enables the small business to consistently deliver a predictable, high quality product resulting in significant economic benefits.
Global statistics show that start-up businesses have a high failure rate. Timbali provides support services needed to create this enabling environment. This provides them with the opportunity to grow into independent, competitive businesses. It is achieved through training, mentorship, technology packaging, financing facilitation and marketing. The Incubator greatly improves the chances of survival of start-up businesses during the first three years, when they are most vulnerable.
Below is a table which explains the different applications of the model:
Timbali Technology Incubator sets up small-scale farmers in sustainable businesses since 2003. As a non-profit organisation we provide business development services including but not limited to business management, accounting and sales. The technical skills, technology and clustering (grouping farmers together to share services and create bulk buying power) create the ability for a small-scale farmer to compete with commercial farmers.
As indicated in the bottom end Timbali’s map, clustering is one of Timbali’s key success factors. Without a quality product, no business will be sustainable. Timbali provides farmers with access to quality management systems and ensure that proper risk management is in place. In addition to this, we assist with their route-to-market, ensuring they sell products and get a good rate paid into their accounts, linking closely with careful financial planning and other business skills.
The number of unsuccessful small-scale farmers is proof that it is not easy to start a farm as a business. For this reason, Timbali has a holistic model which provides more than training – Timbali’s model mitigates all risks that the small-scale farmer will be exposed to.
Apart from creating an enabling environment, Timbali also provides a route to the market and negotiates prices with large buyers, to whom a collective product from the cluster is send. In essence, it is important to note that the sum of all these elements presented in our map have been developed to ensure that small-scale farmers can be successful. 100% of Timbali’s farmers make it through the first year of business, and the results of our farmer’s success speak for itself.