Project #138 | Equipping Farmers in Malawi
Our partnership with The Adventure Project
In 2018, Malawi was suffering from one of the worst food crises in its history: half of the children in the country were malnourished. Many Malawians depend on agriculture as a source of income and farming is mostly single-crop and rain-fed, which has led food and income insecurity. Many farmers lack the tools and seeds they need to have a profitable harvest. Instead of giving emergency food aid, we were able to invest in a sustainable solution by empowering parents to become profitable farmers so they can feed their families and earn a living.
We had the opportunity to partner with The Adventure Project in order to combat the hunger crisis and by providing a sustainable solution as well as jobs and skills training for the community members. With your support, farmers were able to receive the tools and seeds they need to feed their family. Our partnership with The Adventure Project equipped 100 farmers and 466 community members with the skills they needed in order to farm sustainably and provide for their families. These skills have allowed them to have a steady income which gives them the opportunity to use their extra income to invest in the future of their farming as well as provide their children with the materials necessary for their education and well being.
Our collective impact
Total People Impacted
Farmers Given Seeds & Supplies
George and his wife are raising four children at their home in Biwi village. In 2018, the year before they enrolled in the farming program, their family eared $55 . In 2019, they earned approximately $200 from sales from their soybean and groundnut farm. When asked about the impact of their participation in the Program, George says, “Our harvest let us buy food and clothing for the children. We have learned a lot through the coaching about caring for our children, and also about how to save. We have learned how to best prioritize the children’s needs first. We plan to rent land next year for the first time. We did not know before about double planting and using inoculant (fertilizer) for seeds. Compared to last year, we have much more income—we have never seen this amount in one year before. We paid for school exams for our children, and we also bought food and saved money for next year’s farming inputs. We saved money in the village savings & loan group that we set up through the program. As we grow in this program, we want to focus on our children, like by paying school fees and buying clothes. This program is all about children. We would love to start a new livestock business for more income throughout the whole year—we are focused on that. We have learned so much about savings, about borrowing and investing in new businesses, no matter what they are.”
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.
If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our Job & Skills fund.