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While in Malawi, Africa last week, I had the privilege of spending some time with Chief Mwape and his wife (seated to my left in the above photo; the gentleman to my right is my interpreter Henry). Equitas funded a solar-powered irrigation system for the community garden in Chief Mwape’s village. Approximately 40 families from the Mwape and Gadi villages will have crops in this garden, and I asked Chief Mwape how this new system will help the villages. Here are a few of the ways the system will help:
- Prior to the irrigation system being built, people in the villages were forced to sell maize, their main food source, for income. Now that the irrigation system is helping to supplement their crops, they are able to grow and sell vegetables such as tomatoes and beans, and keep the maize for food security.
- With the money they make by selling these vegetables, people in the villages are able to replace the grass roofs on their huts, which must be replaced every year, with permanent metal roofs.
- Income generated from vegetable sales will help provide school fees for the children in the villages.
Equitas is providing opportunities for people groups in developing nations to become self-sustainable. Thank you for your support, and for making these opportunities possible.