A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar

 
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  • A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar has received 1 donation
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  • A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar posted a progress report
    Santa's visit witnessed in rural Madagascar
    By - Markus Faigle - Volunteer Project Director
    Happy New Year! We got these great photos with the Christmas trees in our schools in Fiarenana and Fiadanana. We have so many beautiful pictures, it is hard to choose just six. We let them speak for themselves. Since 2007 Santa has been visiting our schools in rural Madagascar. This year he brought gifts with him of...
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  • A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar posted a progress report
    Breadfruit trees revisited
    By - Markus Faigle - Volunteer Project Director
    Last year in November’s Project report we talked about the idea of introducing breadfruit into our villages. We had been promised quite a few breadfruit seedlings by an excited visitor who comes from a breadfruit growing region of Madagascar. Well, sometimes it turns out a bit differently. Zahana thinks breadfruit...
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  • A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar has received 1 donation
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  • A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar has received 2 donations
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  • A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar posted a progress report
    Potatoes - a failure story with a happy end
    By - Markus Faigle - Volunteer Project Director
    The invitation by GlobalGiving to post fail forward stories was an interesting challenge for us. It gave us a chance to look at our work from an outside perspective, and at the same time provides us with a venue to write a thought piece or a critical reflection that does not focus directly on achievements or goals like...
    • 5 months ago
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  • A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar posted a progress report
    Artemisia a success story (not a Greek Goddess)
    By - Markus Faigle - Volunteer Project Director
    Atemesia or sweet wormwood (Artemisia annua) is one of the most promising herbal medicines to treat Malaria. Having been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries, and with no cure or preventative drug for Malaria in sight, Artemisia has sparked interest in the last few years. It needs to be harvested within a...
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  • A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar posted a progress report
    Health Center Inauguration
    By - Markus Faigle - Volunteer Project Director
    This is a project report that is a great pleasure to post. It affects every facet of our work as it impacts everybody living in our villages. It is our great privilege and honor to announce that the Health Center in our village of Fiadanana has been officially inaugurated at the end of May 2014! Now, after an official...
    • 8 months ago
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  • A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar posted a progress report
    Rice seed fund is at the core of all activities
    By - Markus Faigle - Volunteer Project Director
    We implement two different mechanisms of microcredit on rice production: One for the community at large, where they can borrow seeds from Zahana from October to December and pay it back (in seeds) after the harvest. The second project is for groups to use the community rice storage building to store rice after harvest to be...
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  • A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar has received 3 donations
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  • A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar posted a progress report
    Update to our December Microcredit report
    By - Markus Faigle - Volunteer Project Director
    In our world of constant Twitter, Facebook and YouTube feeds, it is an important reminder, that not everything works everywhere all the time seamlessly. Dropbox is a marvelous invention. A few years back it made burning a CD and walk to the post office in Madagascar. Prior to that may be four weeks later the CD might drop...
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  • A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar posted a progress report
    MIcrocredit update Dec. 2013
    By - Markus Faigle - Volunteer Project Director
    We just got that repost form the villages in Madagascar: The community of Fiarenana is well in control of their micro credit projects and it is running well. As a new approach this year the school was given money to buy rice in March after the harvest and after they sold it at a higher price later in the year they returned...
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  • A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar posted a progress report
    Crop Diversification: Breadfruit
    By - Markus Faigle - Volunteer Project Director
    Intoducing new crops is the backbone of our micocredit philosophy. Zahana has been approached with a very generous offer by one of our friends. He comes from a part of the country where breadfruit trees are very common. He offered to ask his relatives to craft seedlings from their existing breadfruit trees and donate them...
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  • A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar posted a progress report
    The Minister of Health visits the villages
    By - Markus Faigle - Volunteer Project Director
    July 2013: This is the report we got from Madagascar. We did some slight editing, but wanted to keep it as close as possible to the original. The visit of the honorable Madame Minister of Health Dr. Johanita Ndahimananjara was the biggest event in the history of the village of Faidanana. In this photo Madame Minister of...
    • 1 year ago
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  • A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar posted a progress report
    Our village will have a Health Center soon!
    By - Markus Faigle - Volunteer Project Director
    We have very exciting news! Through the tireless efforts of our Malagasy team, we were able to partner with another organization to build a Healthcare Center in our village of Fiadanana. We are very excited that our small organization was able to build such a partnership that will benefit many thousands of people in the...
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  • A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar posted a progress report
    The Rice Seed Fund and the Women's Groups
    By - Markus Faigle - Volunteer Project Director
    The rice project in Fiarenana is going really well. Zahana gave the women's group one ton of rice as a loan, and they give back 1.650 tons. The women's group decided, that instead of selling the surplus in October when the so-called “époque dure” or “hard period” starts, which is a nice...
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  • A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar has received 13 donations
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  • A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar posted a progress report
    Outreach beyond our own community
    By - Markus Faigle - Volunteer Project Director
    Zahana has always tried to do outreach to neighboring communities. Planting Moringa trees has been successful for us, thanks to our gardeners. We have done this, (see website), not only because Moringa are fast growing trees, but their leaves, flowers and seed pods are highly nutritious. We plan to plant many more Moringa...
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  • A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar posted a progress report
    Growing coffee plants
    By - Markus Faigle - Volunteer Poject Director
    It has been over three years since we hired our master gardener in the second village of Fiarenana. Since then he has achieved amazing results, e.g. with the school gardens and the potatoes. But sometimes the lessons learned can be more challenging. One of his very first projects was to successfully grow over 2000 coffee...
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  • A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar posted a progress report
    A video about building a school - the communiy way
    By - Markus Faigle - Volunteer Project Director
    Dear friends, Wanting to build a school for their children was the motivation for the community of Fiarenena to invite Zahana to partner with them in 2009. The Tscherman Chef cooked something up: a video with the community effort as ingredients. Development needs to be serious? (Although the issues sure still are.) If you...
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  • A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar posted a progress report
    What is participatory development?
    By - Markus Faigle - Volunteer Project Director
    Dear friends: In this report we wanted to take a step back, and look at the bigger picture. We apologize for cross-postings in our GlobalGiving projects.The report has been inspired by watching the TEDx talk by David Damberger: “What happens when an NGO admits failure” and our recent webinar hosted by...
    • 2 years ago
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  • A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar posted a progress report
    Planting sweet potatoes
    By - Markus Faigle - Volunteer Project Director
    Sweet potatoes are an important part of a traditional Malagasy diet, eaten in two ways: sweet potato leaves in ‘laoka” a leafy greens soup, traditionally eaten with rice at meals.  (See rice on our website).  The other way is to eat the boiled tubers, or sweet potatoes as the meal. Commonly eaten as a...
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  • A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar has received 12 donations
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  • A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar posted a progress report
    Make a gift in honor of somebody this season
    By - Markus Faigle - Volunteer Project Director
    A big Thank You to all of our donors who supported our Zahana Microcredit fund (or the 'true seed fund' as we like to call it) over the years! You make our work possible. We couldn't do it without you!  Did you know you can make donations to any our Zahana projects at GlobalGiving as gifts to friends and loved ones...
    • 3 years ago
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  • A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar posted a progress report
    Ducks in a basket
    By - Markus Faigle - Volunteer Project Director
    A while back Zahana bought a dozen ducklings in a basket. We gave the basket to our partner in the village in the hope the ducklings may build the foundation for and income-generating project, though future eggs and ducks. A lesson we learned: it is better to try a new idea with an individual that is willing to be an...
    • 3 years ago
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  • A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar posted a progress report
    Zahana: ‘Project of the Month Club’ in August '11
    By - Markus Faigle - Volunteer Project Director
    Dear friends,We are happy and proud to announce that for August 2011 Zahana is featured in the ‘Project of the Month Club’ at GlobalGiving. Every month GlobalGiving awards this designation to a new exceptionally high performing project.  For August our ‘Solar cookers for the school in Fiadanana’...
    • 3 years ago
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  • A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar posted a progress report
    Moringa oleifera trees growing strong
    By - Markus Faigle - Volunteer Project Director
    In early 2010 Zahana introduced Moringa oleifera seeds in both villages. Everything of this beneficial fast growing three can be used. The leaves, high in protein, can be cooked as vegetables.  Powdered Moringa leaves have been successfully used in West Africa for decades in infant formulas. The entire seedpods can...
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  • A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar has received 18 donations
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  • A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar posted a progress report
    Thank you for making us a superstar!
    By - Markus Faigle - Volunteer Project Director
    Thank you!  We could not have done it without your support! The temptation was big to just send a progress report with two words: “Thank you”. But, we wanted to explain it a bit more: February 2011 Zahana was awarded “Superstar” status, the highest level an organization can reach on...
    • 4 years ago
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  • A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar posted a progress report
    Zahana’s video & the Ford Focus Global Test Drive
    By - Markus Faigle - Volunteer
    Thanks to GlobalGiving’s endorsement Zahana is entitled to compete for the $10,000 prize money in the Ford Focus Global Test Drive. Another creative fundraising strategy to explore, we just submitted a video. Now we hope to get chosen with your help. If you are on Facebook and would like to support us, the steps...
    • 4 years ago
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  • A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar posted a progress report
    Feedback from Madagascar illustrated "success"
    By - Markus Faigle - Volunteer
    Dear Friends of Zahana: This is a reminder: Thursday, December 16 is Bonus Day at GlobalGiving. Every donation is matched by 50% until they run out of matching funds. Last time GlobalGiving ran out of matching funds for the first time, so please donate early, if you can. We apologize in case you get this progress report...
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  • A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar posted a progress report
    Fiarenana’s potato harvest was a great success
    By - Markus Faigle - Volunteer
    Rule of thumb for our microcredit: If you try it once it is an experiment; A second time if it worked well, as a promising approach; A third time it becomes implemented as a program. For the second time, the ‘seed fund’ with potatoes has been a great success in our second village (Fiarenana). Each participant...
    • 4 years ago
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  • A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar posted a progress report
    Growing from Seed with the Seed Fund
    By - Markus Faigle - Volunteer
    Zahana has recently hired Bary, a second gardener to work in the village of Fiadanana, or first project site where Zahana’s participatory collaboration started in 2005. Bary is currently being trained by our original gardener in the second village (Fiarenana) and shows an equally amazing green thumb combined with great...
    • 4 years ago
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  • A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar posted a progress report
    Zebu (cattle) and our villages
    By - Markus Faigle - Volunteer
    Dear friends, It is certainly easier to report about the opening of a school or the planting of trees, but on a more somber note, here is the latest sad news from Madagascar. Our village of Fiarenana was attacked for the third time by ‘dahalo’, or cattle thieves, a few weeks back. They came into the village at...
    • 5 years ago
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  • A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar posted a progress report
    Bonus Day: Wed. June 16, 2010
    By - Markus Faigle - Volunteer
    Dear donor to our microcredit fund, 50% interest in one day? Sounds too good to be true? Not really: The GlobalGiving “Bonus Day” is a wonderful opportunity to ‘super size’ your donation to Zahana by 50% at not additional cost. Thank you! It is your donation that makes our work possible. GlobalGiving has...
    • 5 years ago
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  • A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar posted a progress report
    Rice harvest in Madagascar in May 2010
    By - Markus Faigle - Volunteer
    Dear supporters and friends, Despite the current volatile and complicated political situation in Madagascar Zahana is working in both villages. Our work is needed more than ever. This report by email from May 19, 2010 illustrates the impact of the economic crisis: “The villagers got a good rice harvest this year,...
    • 5 years ago
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  • A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar posted a progress report
    Potatoes – An example of microcredit seed fund
    By - Markus Faigle - Project Leader (Volunteer)
    Dear friends of Zahana, One very telling example for Zahana’s seed fund is the potato crop introduced to the village of Fiarenana in late 2009. The villagers were provided with 100 kg of small potatoes as seed stock. Potatoes were one of new crop suitable for a diversified crop rotation recommended by the agricultural...
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  • A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar has received 21 donations
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  • A dedicated micro credit fund for rural Madagascar has been approved to be on GlobalGiving!
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Organization

Zahana

Antananarivo, Capital, Madagascar
http://zahana.org

Project Leader

Markus Faigle

Volunteer
Honolulu, HI United States

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