When Chipaza became a father, he vowed to give his children the opportunities he never had.
“I want my children, all of them, to go to school,” he said. “[When I was a child] I was not able to do so because of fees.”
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Without education, Chipaza became one of the millions of subsistence farmers toiling to earn a living in Malawi.
Despite his determination and hard work, Chipaza struggled. With only an acre of land, he didn’t have much room for error. He tried growing a few different crops, including tobacco. But without financial training, he had a hard time selling them in the market.
For family farmers like Chipaza, climate changes have created a devastating situation. Over the last few years, Malawi has experienced the worst famine in its history. Intermittent rains and drought have ravaged the country. Suffering is widespread; 80% of all people in the country work as subsistence farmers.
They don’t have enough food to eat, let alone, sell. Almost half of all children in Malawi are malnourished.
Enter Yamba Malawi:
Last year, local organization, Yamba Malawi, responded to the hunger crisis with an innovative solution. Instead of providing food aid, they designed a new program to train farmers to grow profitable, drought-resistant crops. They provided farmers with tools, seeds, even rubber work-boots to jump-start their businesses. They built a farmer-to-farmer mentorship program where neighbors could share ideas. Yamba Malawi even lined up guaranteed buyers, to ensure farmers could sell their crops at a good price.
Their focus on sustainable impact is paying off. Already, farmers from the first year are reporting 10Xing their incomes.
How you can help:
Given the early success of this program and the dire need to curb the hunger crisis, we want to help Yamba Malawi scale to reach more farmers this year. Our goal is help 100 family farmers, like Chipaza, enroll in the program.
Your generosity can empower the neediest families in Malawi. The average income of the families in the program is currently only $20 per year. 68% of their children are failing to eat three meals a day. All are currently subsistence farmers with one acre of land.
Here are a few tangible ways you can help:
$30 - provides new rubber work boots
$84 - provides one year of fertilizer and new tools
$240 - provides all the seeds for one year of planting