Espoir Tomenou

Founder & Member

Espoir founded African Future Farmers in 2017 in Mint Hill, NC, USA with a couple of his friends. The initial mission at the time was to promote physical health through sustainable farming education and support.

Jose Antonio Emes

Board Member

Jose Antonio Emes is a Hispanic pastor in Charlotte, North Carolina. Originally from Nicaragua; he is married to Marley and has two daughters Alice and Natalia. 


Tim Younts

Board Member

Tim has been married to his wife Lou Anne for forty-two years. They have two children, daughter Michelle (husband Jon) and son David, and two grandchildren Parker and Salem.

Augustin Bamidele Laourou

Program Officer

Augustin Bamidele Laourou holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science Information. At an early age, he understood the importance of agricultural development in developing countries. Augustin is a member of AgribusinessTV, an organization aimed at promoting youth agribusiness entrepreneurs.

Florence Kouwanou

Office & Accounts Assistant

Florence has over 5 years of experience providing guidance and leadership to employees in small to mid-size organizations. Her broad experience includes benefits and payroll management, employee relations, talent acquisition and management.


Abigail Scott

Web Administrator

Abigail is an IT Specialist/Web Design who designs and manages websites. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina Charlotte(UNCC). Her consistent passion for technology and innovation has produced a wide skill set in both Back-End and Front-End Web Development.

Mr. Ray Kowalski


“Man of Many Colors”
International Manufacturing & Operations Executive

“Let’s provide the living water to the living so they might live.”

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