Temwa

Farming Futures: Growing business in rural Malawi

We will reduce poverty in an extremely isolated and vulnerable part of Malawi through enterprise. Building on work funded by the Christmas Challenge 2018, we will support Farmer Associations to grow and reach new buyers - improving income and nutrition whilst protecting the natural environment.

Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1101090)

Campaign target

£40,000

Amount raised

£40,000

Donations

58

Championed by The Coles-Medlock Foundation

  • “Before the Bakery our lives were behind. Now, because of the bakery, our lives have changed. We now don’t lack what we need. Our children are not hungry, they perform better at school.”

    — Luwinga Bakery Team

  • “Our lives are being transformed now that we have diversified our livelihoods.”

    — Ward Mwenda

  • “..My life is changing.. First and foremost I am now able to earn money on my own, while previously I was relying on my husband’s income”

    — Eliness Nyirenda

  • “Thanks for all the support that Temwa gives to me and the people in my community... I planted more in my farm and I expect high yields so I can have more food for myself and my family”

    — Joyce Mhone

Situation

More than 90% of people in Nkhata Bay North are farmers earning extremely low incomes. They and their families often face food shortages and malnutrition. Weather shocks, land degradation and deforestation exacerbate these problems. Training in sustainable farming, carried out by Temwa, has improved crop diversity, yields and forest coverage. Poor access to markets and business skills, however, means that farmers do not earn the income they need to support their families.

Solution

In 2019, Temwa has helped establish and develop 13 Farmer Associations and Community Enterprises. Farmers are pooling resources and selling crops and goods at market. In 2020, Temwa will build on this work - helping develop viable enterprises with marketing and business skills training, and helping add value to produce with simple machinery and establishing broader markets. Farmer Association incomes will increase - meaning members and their families can save and invest for the future.