About

 

MISSION: To eliminate poverty and disadvantage in Kaduna State through integrated development programs.

vision: To be the most effective model of integrated rural development in West Africa.

Long term goals: Being developed with assistance from a team from the Harvard Kennedy School.  Individual department goals are included in the section on the ongoing Organisational Development process

Fantsuam Foundation is located in Bayan Loco, a peri-urban slum of Kafanchan, Kaduna State, but our activities and our vision extend beyond Kafanchan toward the whole of Kaduna State. There are a number of development challenges faced by residents of Kaduna State, the priority being the reduction of poverty. The lack of jobs and income infrastructure including safe housing has also contributed to the poor health sector, and many residents do not have access to affordable and good health care facilities or services.

Beneficiaries

Rather than focusing on a particular group of beneficiaries, Fantsuam’s integrated model provides direct support for the most disadvantaged in society whilst running social businesses to stimulate economic activity to benefit the whole region.  Its programs have evolved in response to community needs and serve a wide range of beneficiaries including women engaged in micro-businesses, people living with HIV/AIDS, those wanting to acquire ICT skills for employment or business and orphans and vulnerable children.

Since it was founded in 1996 Fantsuam has successfully served the needs of its communities through building a suite of integrated services which mutually support each other for maximum impact.

Growth

The organization has grown organically, building tailored programs to address areas of need in the community as they emerge, programs which support existing activities that together are more effective at driving economic development.

Fantsuam’s programs are both grant funded and revenue generating with its three main social businesses providing 65% of income reducing the Foundation’s reliance on external funding sources to less than 35%. Fantsuam is now widely recognized by its national and international partners, as well as beneficiaries and other stakeholders, as one of Nigeria’s most effective NGOs in fighting poverty and disadvantage. Its three principal funding partners: ICAP, Partners for Development (PfD) and Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) all use Fantsuam as a reference site for their programs in Nigeria.

Beneficiaries of all program areas that participated in an Organisational Development workshop during 2009 also applauded both the breadth and depth of Fantsuam’s service provision.

Future plans

In the next five years Fantsuam aims to multiply the scope of its impact by both building its model locally and using its expertise to help other organizations become more effective by following a more sustainable approach to development based upon program integration and social business.

 

  1. Scope of activities

Fantsuam programs have evolved in response to community needs and serve a wide range of beneficiaries including women engaged in micro-businesses, people living with HIV/AIDS, those wanting to acquire ICT skills for employment or business and orphans and vulnerable children.

Through its experience with the local communities, Fantsuam has defined three priority areas in which it focuses its efforts: sustainable livelihoods, health and education.  Cutting across all priority areas, our programs mainstreams HIV/AIDS, promotion of volunteering and gender. The gender component is strategic because of the underlying inequity in most Nigerian communities, and Fantsuam’s experience has proved that women’s partnership has a multiplier effect and is cost-effective  in addressing poverty at the family level. Women and children make up the larger proportion of people living in rural communities.

Fantsuam Foundation regularly has visitors (including individuals, development workers, Nigerian NGOs, International Funders, VSO partner organisations from across West Africa) who come to Fantsuam to learn about how we work, what we do and the impact we have. Many seek to adpat our approach to their local context. These visits represent an ideal opportunity to dissemination information and show people (indirect beneficiaries) the agricultural practises being demonstrated at the demonstration site – so that other can also benefit from our work.

 

Fantsuam Foundation’s Sustainability

Fantsuam Foundation has an excellent record of financial sustainability of our projects with a focus on converting them into self-sustaining ‘social businesses’ at the earliest opportunity.  Fees are charged for services where possible and any surplus used to support non-revenue generating programmes or supporting the most disadvantaged. We are also developing this project using our role model - Songhai Centre in the Republic of Benin , which is a self sustaining model incorporating permaculture principles, integrated farming, energy, training, micro-finance business incubation, product distribution among other things. Revenues are earned mainly from training fees and sale of products produced.

 

In the 12 years since its establishment in 1998, Fantsuam has grown solidly and organically to become one of the largest and most successful rural NGOs in rural Nigeria harnessing programmes across the different priority areas of health, education and livelihoods.  Fantsuam is committed to the practice of social business: both for the sustainability of the community it serves and for its own long term future.  Currently revenue from Fantsuam’s three social businesses: Microfinance, ZittNet (internet service provider) and Schools (ICT training) cover 64% of the organisation’s 18 million naira (€90,000) annual costs making it less reliant on external funders and more resilient to regional and global economic fluctuations.

Unlike many NGOs, Fantsuam Foundation actually lives in one of its rural host communities. This constant presence among its beneficiaries confers high credibility on the organization and assures the communities of our long term commitment to their prosperity. When individuals and families begin to work their way out of poverty, this has an effect on whole communities. The successful participants become the resource persons that are engaged to teach others the new principles.

Community ownership is vital to the sustainability of the project and it is Fantsuam Foundations intention  to set up an Attachab committee, made up of members of the local community and Fantsuam Foundation to steer its development beyond the life of this proposal. Over the longer term Fantsuam Foundation will seeks to build the capacity of the local community to run, operate, manage and develop Attachab for the ongoing benefit of rural agricultural families.

Fantsuam Foundation is becoming more involved in the agricultural sector and supporting the growth of the Catfish and Rice value chains, through a Making Markets Work for the Poor Approach. This project compliments that work, by focussing on environmental and sustainability issues, while at the same time remembering that market demand and understanding agricultural markets is essential to increasing farmers incomes.

Rather than focusing on a particular group of beneficiaries, Fantsuam’s model  of development provides direct support for the most disadvantaged in society whilst running social businesses to stimulate economic activity to benefit the whole region.  Its programs have evolved in response to community needs and serve a wide range of beneficiaries including women engaged in micro-businesses, people living with HIV/AIDS, those wanting to acquire ICT skills for employment or business and orphans and vulnerable children.

Through its experience with the local communities, Fantsuam has defined three priority areas in which it focuses its efforts: sustainable livelihoods, health and education.  Cutting across all priority areas, our programs mainstreams HIV/AIDS, promotion of volunteering and gender. The gender component is strategic because of the underlying inequity in most Nigerian communities, and Fantsuam’s experience has proved that women’s partnership has a multiplier effect and is cost-effective  in addressing poverty at the family level. Women and children make up the larger proportion of people living in rural communities