MBA students propose fish farming to benefit students at Peace House Secondary School in Africa
Three students in Globe University’s master’s degree program proposed aquaculture as a way to create a brighter future for children in Tanzania. The MBA student team collaborated with Peace House Africa, a Minnesota-based nonprofit organization that strives to assist children orphaned by AIDS.
The MBA student team brainstormed agribusiness ideas that fit with Tanzania’s climate, geography and existing technology. Through internet research, the students determined that raising tilapia was a practical and efficient business opportunity that would bring nourishment, income and hope to Tanzania’s children. Their proposal addressed many aspects of starting and maintaining the business—constructing a pond, choosing fish, and involving students in running the operation.
“I learned that it really does not take a lot of time or money to provide a practical solution to problems that the residents of Peace House Africa face,” said student Laura Miles. “Giving back to those less fortunate has always been an incredible experience for me emotionally and spiritually.”
Aquaculture would address two significant problems Peace House faces. First, fish would provide a much-needed protein source, as the current diet is heavy in starch with minimal nutritional value. Second, harvesting and selling the fish would offer an important revenue source so the school could finance its other educational initiatives. Perhaps most important, students would gain valuable work experience that would prepare them for careers in agriculture or business.
Peace House Secondary School is a boarding school that focuses on developing creative problem-solving and entrepreneurial business skills in students. The Peace House Institute will offer post-secondary training, appropriate technology research, and opportunities for business development. All Peace House initiatives are designed to help Tanzania’s children become self-sufficient through sustainable resource usage.