Empower Subsistence Farmers in Malawi to Help Themselves!

“If you ever think you’re too small to be effective, you’ve never been in bed with a mosquito!” — Wendy Lesko

Help us ‘give a hand up, not a hand out’ and assist Malawian farmers in setting up agri-businesses so they can generate income and break the poverty cycle!

Why we need your help

The Lower Shire is one of the poorest regions in Malawi. Prolonged dry spells, rainfall shortages, and flooding means farmers struggle to feed their families and earn enough money to pay for vital necessities. You can imagine how hard it must be to grow enough crops without adequate seeds, tools and fertilisers. In some cases, farmers have irrigation pumps but not enough fuel to use them. All of this contributes to the communities remaining stuck in a cycle of poverty that is hard to break. Without income from farming, many families struggle to pay for school materials and fees. This means there is a high dropout rate among youths, in particular girls – who stay at home to help around the house. Not getting an education can often lead to young girls having teenage pregnancies and they can be forced into child marriages.

What you can do to help

Economic empowerment is the key. If families can earn enough money from farming they can ensure their kids stay in school and get an education, which is vital to breaking the poverty cycle. Young girls can stay in school instead of helping around the home which will decrease the rate of teenage pregnancies and child marriages. DIN is currently working with two farm clubs in the Chikwawa and Nsanje districts helping them set up agri-businesses. With generous help from a partner organization, Bridge Kids International, we were able to buy vital farm inputs for Chikondane Irrigation Farm Club (which consists of 10 members) ensuring they could start their agri-businesses and set them on the right path to lift themselves out of poverty.

However, we still need to do more. We have assisted with the crucial first step but to ensure lasting change we need to raise more funds. The funds raised will help us:

  • Buy vital farm inputs for 50 farmers e.g. seeds, fertilisers, pesticides, watering cans, sprayers and petrol to run irrigation pumps.
  • Provide training for 25 farmers in crop management and improved farming techniques to ensure successful harvests.
  • Provide agri-business training for 25 farmers to ensure they have the skills to manage and grow their businesses.

This work will not be possible without the generous support from members of the public . As a small local organization, it is difficult for us to receive funding.  When you support us you can be assured your money will help to empower farmers and give them the chance everyone deserves – to have a better life for themselves and their families.

Donate now and be part of the solution!

 

What your money can buy:

$12 can buy 500g of seeds and grow many vegetables to sell.

$33 can buy a bag of fertiliser for a farmer to ensure successful growth of crops.

$60 can buy a sprayer to help farmers protect their crops against pests.

$100 will ensure 7 farmers have agri-business skills to adequately manage their businesses.

$250 can provide training for 15 farmers in crop management, improving the quality and quantity of crops grown.

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