Green Youth with Disabilities is a cross disability group for young people located in Tanga. They initiated a project to generate income through the production and sale of organic vegetables. Through the project, participants were provided with training and subsequently prepared three acres of land for vegetable farming, built a greenhouse and installed an irrigation system. Green pepper production has been successful and profit has been generated from harvesting which has been shared with members. Some repairs of the greenhouse was made during the implementation of the project. The group ensured the use of organic fertilisers and insecticides instead of harmful chemicals. Production continues. In addition, project participants have been supported to establish vegetable gardens at their own homes for improved food security. Through GlobalGiving $120 has been raised for this project.
The greenhouse project has been progressing well with the group having implemented a number of activities since the last report. The activities included cultivation on a 3 acre piece of land, purchase of greenhouse tools and materials, green pepper seedlings, construction of the greenhouse,setting up the water tank, tower and drip irrigation system. In a ddition to these activities, a two days training was carried out on disability rights targeting 20 women with disabilities.
Forthcoming activities of the group will include establishment of an open garden, day to day routine and maintainace of the green house, harvesting and marketing of the product. The group also intends to purchase a camera and computer. Initially these were not included in the budget but these items would be of benefit for better project management, small business record keeping and documentation of project activities/results in pictures and video.
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