Distributing potatoes as part of the seed bank micorcredit
Hot off the digital press: Zahana and its founder Dr. Ramihanataniarivo are features in the latest issue of the University of Hawaii Magazine Malamalama (Malamalama means 'the light of knowledge' in Hawaiian). We have included the link below and we encourage you to use their “Leave a Response: feature.
With the communal water well successfully built the community is now putting all their energy into building their school. The photos we got from Madagascar are amazing and we encourage you to visit our website (link below) to witness this truly community wide effort (pictures indeed tell more than a thousand words).
Zahana is currently interviewing the candidates for teachers. As soon as the best candidate has been found in consultation with community representatives, a teacher’s training will be conducted in the village for a month.
The coffee seedlings have grown since the last report and are soon ready to be transplanted in time for the beginning of the rainy season. Surrounding communities have already expressed interest in growing coffee as well and have been encouraged to get in touch with the nurseryman to buy their seedlings, since Zahana is not in a position to give seedlings away for free to everybody.
GRAIN STORAGE BUILDING:
The grain or rice storage building has been finished and has been in use since the last harvest in May/June 2009. The bags in the back of the picture are the rice seeds acquired by Zahana for the rice seed bank. In the other picture the potatoes, another microcredit project from Zahana, are handed out one kilo at a time per family.
Rice stored in the new storage building
Coffee seeling sprouting