This is My Story – Simon Deogratus

27/09/2021 Africa, Blog, Client Stories

2021 is a very special year for BlueOrchard as we celebrate our 20th anniversary. Throughout 2021 we will be sharing with you some of the encouraging entrepreneurial stories, personal dreams, and insights into the lives of families around the globe who are struggling and fighting against adversity every single day.

Our ninth story is about Simon Deogratus from Tanzania.

Simon Deogratus runs a vegetable farm behind his house where he lives with his wife and three children in Moshono, Tanzania. He previously worked as a professional accountant, but did not earn enough to support his family financially and pay for his children’s education. In 2014, he decided to start farming on the land around his property and has been expanding his business ever since. Simon is a self-made man and a born entrepreneur, he is an autodidact, and a role model, demonstrating the possibility to make things happen if you work hard and believe in what you are doing.

Simon, have you ever considered taking out insurance to protect you against the effects of the temperatures rising? 

To be honest, I had never really considered that this could be a possibility until recently – my adviser has suggested that I might want to insure my crops in case anything happens to them due to the rising temperatures. Obviously, I would still prefer to be able to sell them, but at least this way I am protected if something bad does happen and the costs for insurance are really low.

Find the full interview and other 11 stories in our anniversary book “This is My Story”, available on Amazon. From more than 200 million individual stories over the past 20 years, This Is My Story uncovers the stories of twelve entrepreneurs from four continents, who put a small amount of money to work in a big way.