International Ministries

Oil Palms Bring Hope in the Congo

This project seeks to raise $10,000 to purchase 13,000 high-quality oil palm seeds.

Goal: $10,000

About this Mission Project

Lines of spindly old oil palms line farmers’ fields, the only remnants of an abandoned industry that made Congo number one in global palm oil production 50 years ago.

Jean Mupi knows the soil. His hands are calloused, accustomed to hard work. Enthusiasm flickers in his eyes as we talk. Subsistence farming provides the bare minimum: food and shelter. It won’t pay for Jean’s kids to finish high school, much less go farther. Off-farm employment died 20 years ago when the palm oil factory closed.

One hundred oil palm seeds can give a motivated family a sustainable livelihood for a generation—enough to plant a dream.

Jean was among the first to receive palm seeds. His small plantation is now producing enough oil that there is a surplus for sale. His loan repayments will give another family the same chance to dream.

Mission Project Specifics

This project seeks to raise $10,000 to purchase 13,000 high-quality oil palm seeds. This will give 140 families the opportunity to establish a 1.25-acre plantation at a cost of $71.42 per family. This project will be managed by the Baptist agricultural extension program at ACDI Lusekele, led by Director Timothée Kabila.

The average annual income in DRC is $300 per year. We expect this project to generate an extra $300 or more for each household, giving families better access to health care, improved education and other opportunities.

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[Photo Caption]

Tata et Mama Mbwanga shows off the first fruits of the family’s plantation in Kondji, across the river from Vanga Mission.

Palm oil, used for cooking, is extracted from the pulp of the fruit. Its red color indicates that it is naturally rich in beta-carotene.

Ministry Focus Area: Economic Development