About The Location & History
Poverty in Malawi is driven by low productivity in the agriculture sector, limited opportunities in non-farm activities, volatile economic growth, rapid population growth, and limited coverage of safety net programs and targeting challenges.
We are working with Pastor Moses in Dedza Malawi to make a change. We are pioneering an Empowerment Project which supports 110 widows and women in poverty.
Who Are We Partnering With?
Pastor Moses and his wife Grace in Malawi are working to bring hope to poor widows, aged women and Women with HIV/AIDS through the message of Christ, mindset change and advocacy for freedom.
They aim to promote household, food and economic security, for these women to get started, become established and become self-sustained through crop and animal production and small-scale businesses.
- Education for Girls and Poor Orphans Project (EGPOP): In Malawi, less than 15% of women have any secondary school education, with 42% of girls getting married before age 18—the twelfth highest rate of child marriage in the world. Orphanhood has also added to the plight of girls and other orphaned boys, as it has been observed that 11% of children under 18 are orphans. EGPOP is a social-cultural response toward creating educational opportunities for the poorest girls and orphans in secondary schools.
- Pig Farming: This project empowers women to create sustainable lives through pig farming. In this project model, a group of five women will receive funds and buy three female pigs for breeding. After the number of pigs increases, members will share the piglets, so each one has a pig to care for. As the initial group of pigs continues to expand, more pigs will be available for a sustainable livelihood and future funds. In the meantime, this group of women will share the money earned to meet their personal needs, such as their children’s education and food to feed their families. The pigs’ manure will be used in gardens, reducing the costs of buying artificial fertilizers while improving soil fertility.
- Widow’s Goat Project: Women’s development groups have been established in the Chikwawa district. Ten female goats have been purchased for ten widows to rear and multiply. Goat meat/milk is sold and eaten, improving their economic and nutritional status.
- Gardening Projects: We have also joined Pastor Moses in creating Gardening Projects for women, supporting 125 HIV/AIDS infected women and helping them make a sustainable living through growing crops. Women in groups of five invest in group farming. Each group purchases seeds and 2 acres of farmland. Members do the work of cultivation until harvest season. They sell the produce, procure next season’s seeds, and hire more workers to work the land. The surplus sales will be distributed to each member to meet personal needs.
Groups of women in these projects also meet monthly for bible study, pray together, and share experiences, creating a supportive community!