£5000 to continue our work in Malawi!

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve secured a further £5000 from the Unicorn Grocery 4% fund, building on the support we received back in 2015.

We’ve been working to support the development and growth of Co-operatives in Malawi for over 5 years. Take a look at the difference £5000 will make:-

– The Malawian economy is based on agriculture which is responsible of one third of GDP and 90% of export revenues. More than 90% of the rural population (2.5-3 million households) are smallholder farmers

-The environment is not favourable to business development, challenged by economic and climate shocks. Some of the main constraints include a high inflation rate (23.3% in August 2013) a difficultly in accessing finance, and a lack of adequate skilled labour

-Securing this award will provide much needed funds to support the development of nurseries for Macadamia Co-operatives in Neno and Organic Coffee Co-operatives in Magoni

-The award will also allow the support of tea Co-operatives in Thyolo to continue.

Our Projects Development Manager Sarah said: “We’re absolutely delighted to secure further funding to support our ongoing work in Malawi. To date, we have held training sessions for over 7,400 people, teaching them the co-operative ways of working and how they can be transformative, alongside guidance on how to establish their own co-op. This has led to over 320 new co-operatives emerging, transforming lives across the region.”

Tea, coffee and Macadamia crops are perennial in nature and therefore sustainable. Proper crop management will also go a long way to lessening the effects of climate change and deforestation. The additional seedlings that will be provided thanks to this fund will boost production, providing an increase in revenue for farmers and their families.

To donate towards the work of the college, and to find out more about our future plans, click here

 

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