By Koinonia Baloyi - Communications and Fundraising officer
Our community empowerment projects have been seeing a significant recovery with the easing of Covid restrictions in the areas and communities we support.
Vuche Vuche (Botswana)
The Vuche Vuche basket weaving initiative is doing well with business improving and trading getting back to normal with tourism activities getting up and running again in Kasane. We recently sent the ladies to a nearby village where they received training from a local basket weaving initiative. The aim was to facilitate cross-pollination as well as to assist the Vuche Vuche ladies to develop their skills and craft. The training was a huge success with the ladies learning how to create new patterns and designs for the baskets as well as additional business skills like managing finances and client services and engagements. We are excited about the growth of this project and are currently working hard to help them market and promote their work to local and internal tourists visiting the area.
Mambanje Community Garden (Zimbabwe)
The garden is current supporting 36 families which are occupying 30 of the 50 beds available. 20% of the crops growing in the garden are being sold by the community to earn additional income. The garden has the scope and capacity to support more families as well as to generate more economic activity for the community.
Our next focus for the garden is to conduct soil assessments at the garden which will assist us in identifying the right crops that best grow in the area. We also want to provide harvesting and gardening training to the community to assist them to make the best use of the garden. This training will assist the community to plant crops that will best grow in the garden and use the correct harvesting technics for their crops. The training will provide the community with new skills and tools to utilize the garden to its fullest capacity which will contribute to the sustainability and longevity of the garden, especially once we progress the garden to focus more on commercial farming.
We are grateful for your ongoing support and generous donations towards our community empowerment projects.
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