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Welcome!Springboard was established to combat the increasing rate of youth unemployment and the overwhelming urban migration of rural youth which are the major causes of the high crime rate in Nigeria.

The main objective of the project is to transform rural youth into individuals who see sustainable livelihood opportunities in their communities and give them the skills to facilitate self employment.
At Springboard, we transform young people in the rural communities in Nigeria into successful entrepreneurs.We see a Nigeria famous for the integrity and entrepreneurial spirit of its youth.

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Our Mission and Vision

Our Mission

The mission of Springboard is to produce fresh, local, healthy, organic and affordable food that nourishes Nigerians and the environment. We gather youth and adults (women and men) from all backgrounds and abilities and provide them the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to society by growing and producing organic food, caring for the land, and bringing fresh affordable produce and food to communities.

Vision

We  see a prosperous and healthy Nigeria made possible by sustainable agriculture, organic food production and personal enterprise.

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Recent News

Green Pads ( now known as SafePads) – Winner of the first cewas Start-up Competition

Lawrence Afere from Nigeria is the winner of the first cewas Start-up Competition. His business idea “Green Pads” convinced both the jury and the audience. As a banana farmer Lawrence was looking for opportunities to use the banana leaves and stems. He came up with the idea of producing pulp and thereof sanitary pads for […]

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SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT

Lawrence Afere, Founder of Springboard, will speak at two major global International conferences in February and March 2015. MOSES Organic Farming Conference Lawrence will be speaking at the 2015 MOSES Organic Farming Conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin, February 26-28, 2015. The MOSES conference is the largest event in the US about organic and sustainable farming […]

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LAWRENCE AFERE, ONE OF THE 500 YOUNG AFRICAN LEADERS RECOGNIZED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA

In 2014, Lawrence, founder of Springboard, was selected as one of the 500 Washington Fellows for Young African Leaders, a President Obama initiative to train young Africans in Business, Public and Civic sectors. During his fellowship in the U.S, Lawrence had the opportunity to: Interact with President Obama at a Presidential Summit in Washington, D.C.; Participate in […]

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Construction of Springboard chips factory and training centre

Springboard will soon begin production and training in its new building that will be commissioned before the second quarter 2015. Full scale plantain chips production will commence at the new factory and this will create jobs for over 30 unemployed youth. We are grateful to our partners for supporting the construction project.

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Springboard partners with Saathi India to produce natural sanitary pad for rural girls in Nigeria.

Before the end of 2015, Springboard, in partnership with Saathi India, will commence the production of affordable natural sanitary pad made from banana and plantain stem for rural girls in Nigeria. This product will be branded GreenPads. Springboard produces tones of banana and plantain stem from its farms annually. Over three million tonnes of these […]

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