Archive for December, 2010

Growing Rice in Malawi

December 13, 2010

LifeNets has added another food staple to the list of agricultural crops it is helping farmers to grow: rice. A LifeNets loan is allowing Mr. Julius Kachali to grow rice, cassava, and maize on a 2.5-acre farm. Although he is at the time a subsistence farmer, Mr. Kachali has his eye on becoming a commercial farmer, and already has hopes of building a dam to ensure a water supply for wet and dry farming.

In the meantime, this project is a model farm for others in the community, allowing them to learn better methods of farming. With the help of his wife and two agricultural assistants from the government, Mr. Kachali’s farm will in time help his whole community! Read more about the project here.

Exporting Experience to East Africa

December 6, 2010

The LifeNets Heifer Project in Zambia is ten years old, and now LifeNets is using the lessons learned from that experience to expand the program to Kenya and Zimbabwe. In October, John Elliott visited the brand-new project in Kenya. He shared the September report from the program director, Moses Nyaira. Mr. Nyaira reports that LifeNets East Africa is now registered as a non-governmental organization with the Registrar of Societies, complete with the required officers and representatives.

Five families from the town of Ogembo will be the first heifer recipients–some have already received heifers. From Ogembo, it is hoped that the project will spread to western Kenya and northwestern Tanzania. To read more about this project, including profiles of the recipient families and information about the benefits provided and the challenges faced, read Mr. Nyaira’s full report here.