Albert Asempa

Albert Asempah was an umeployed young man who engaged in minor painting activities for income to sustain his livelihood and family. After the OAK-YEIP two-week seminar and entrepreneur recruitment fair, he was privileged to be selected and trained for a couple of weeks at University of Ghana Livestock and Poultry Research Center where he studied vegetable production. After the training, he was given a motor bike and an irrigation kit which included tubes, valves and other accessories. He leases a land at Micheal Camp where he cultivates Turai or richgurd.

His training influenced his choice of crop to grow and the entrepreneurship skills also helped him to market his products prior to harvest. Thus, immediately they were ready, Albert always had off-takers present to buy his produce. Albert currently grows turai, an exportable crop which takes 6 weeks to mature. He harvests this crop twice a week. He has employed one person who works on the farm in addition to himself. For every harvest on his farm, he makes a profit of Ghc200 and he harvests twice a week for 3 months continuously. He also grows cucumbers which earns him profit as well. Albert is grateful to OAK Foundation for the opportunity given to him. He is one of the beneficiaries in the crops cohort of the OAK-YEIP project who acknowledges that, the farm skills he learnt in the training has improved his livelihood.