Our Founder, Chairman and Author of the book ‘Happy Stories in America and Vietnam’, Mr. Phong Pham or better known as Mr. Happy (www.happybook.io) is a dedicated Zen Master and his primary motive is ‘to bring happiness to people around the world’. The motto chosen for this project is ‘Sharing is Happiness’.
To spread the happiness to the world, we have setup a team calling it ‘Farmbank’ (Team Farmbank) to focus on agricultural projects. We believe that happiness can also be found in and spread through agriculture (a term, which includes farming – ‘Farm’-bank). Team Farmbank believes that putting a smile on the face of others is the key to real happiness. Agriculture, which is the science and art of cultivating plants and livestock no longer get priority from many communities in this modern world and this continue to happen worldwide. Agriculture was the key development in the rise of sedentary human civilization in the early days before technology came to change our lifestyle. Due to the drastic millennium shift to the world of technology, agriculture has slowly faded from the minds of people in this world. However, Team Farmbank has step up as a playmaker to develop agriculture sector in targeted countries in the Southeast Asia (SEA) region. Generally, the soil is SEA region is suitable for agriculture and of course, geographical surroundings plays an important role in the selection of land relevant to the types of plants and/or livestock. Click here to read more about soils in SEA.
Team Farmbank in its recent attempt, has managed to attract a partner to dedicate 130 hectares of land for agricultural purpose in Ban Don Muong, Tinh Bokeo, Laos. The dedicate land is located in the northern region that has tropical rainforests of broad-leaved evergreens while geographically surrounded by strategic market attraction Thailand (to the west), Myanmar (to the northwest), China (to the north) and Vietnam (to the east).
WHO WILL BENEFIT
The people of Laos and the government will benefit from this project. Laos is one of the poorest country in Southeast Asia. Laos’ economy has heavily dependent and benefited from foreign direct investment. Team Farmbank will contribute the fund to create more job opportunities for the local community while the Government of Laos will receive capital injection to boost the agricultural sector.
THE FUND WILL BE USED FOR
Team Farmbank will use the fund for a startup of herb farm but not limited to the following:
- Provide wages to the field workfoce and an Office Administrator.
- Purchase good soil and fertilizers.
- Obtain certification from local state agency or a reputable private organization.
- Purchase herbs seeds.
- Provide good drainage and sufficient water and electricity supply.
- Purchase a laptop and multi-function printer.
- Purchase wireless access point and internet connection.
- Purchase office stationary and printer consumables.
- Purchase a pickup truck or van to deliver consignments to customers.
- Local advertisement to spread market awareness to the community.
- Research and development on samples of herbs
HOW SOON WE THE FUND
Team Farmbank targeted to reach the fundraising within 120 days timeframe while preparing farm strategy plan inclusive of business registration and obtaining approval from relevant state agency.
WHAT THE SUPPORT WILL MEAN TO TEAM FARMBANK
With all gratitude, Team Farmbank will be very grateful to all individual contributors, organizations, or businesses in the attempt to make this project a success. The initiative will surely be beneficial to Laos and its’ people. We take pride in being part of developing an underprivileged country and the community while expanding the awareness of agriculture to the modern generation and sharing the expertise and knowledge.
HOW GRATEFUL THE TEAM WILL BE FOR HELP
Team Farmbank will be grateful to have all the individual contributors, organizations, or businesses in the entire milestone of this project. We will always remember your love and support, fondly in good times, and as encouragement in bad. We will continue this amazing journey to rest of the world and of course, we will extend our assistance to other charitable groups with same intention and/or better projects.