Help 100 disadvantaged rural women grow mushrooms

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The Six Women Who Participate In The Project
The Six Women Who Participate In The Project

Thank you so much for your continued support of this project. Improving the socio-economic status of rural women is at the heart of our organization. Women in the rural areas of Zimbabwe bear almost all responsibility for meeting the basic needs of the family. According to statistics, improving the socio-economic status of women not only benefits the immediate family, but benefits the entire community. The following are some of the positive outcomes that are linked to improving the socio-economic status of women:

  • With increased incomes the women are in a better position to feed their families
  • Families can afford to send their children to school
  • Improved family health
  • Reduction in the spread of HIV/AIDS 
  • Economically stronger and more stable communties

Update On The Chicken Project

The Chicken project is going strong. The women are ready to begin construction on the bigger chicken coop which will have several compartments. Having the bigger coop will help tremendously as the women will have a continuous supply of chickens to sell. There will be no time lag between when the women sell all the chickens and when they purchase the next batch. They will place the new chicks in one compartment and put the older chickens in another compartment. Here is a progress report from the project manager:

In Her Own Words: Progress Report By The Project Manager:

"We bought our fifth and sixth batches of chickens. We made a profit of $120.00 from batch five, and a profit of $108.00 from batch six. From the total sales of the chickens from these two batches we each received $38.00. We have $80 dollars in the project account.

Thank you very much for supporting us! This year there is a drought in our area as a result we ended up with no crops. This money we earned from selling the chickens helped us buy food so we can feed our children and grand children."

 

Breakdown Of New Chicken Coop Construction Costs

2,000 bricks             $110.00
20 bags of cement    $220.00
Roofing material        $225.00
Sand                          $60.00
Door frames & doors    $40.00
Nails                           $10.00
Planks                         $36.00
Builder's charges         $160.00

Total:                         $861.00

 

Once again thank you so much for your support. Together we are transforming the lives of these women and putting them in a better position to help their families. We couldnt have done this without your help!

Best wishes,

Thelma

The Women Clearing The Location For The New Coop
The Women Clearing The Location For The New Coop
The Women Standing At The Current Coop
The Women Standing At The Current Coop
The Women Standing At The Current Coop
The Women Standing At The Current Coop
Women holding chickens
Women holding chickens

Thank you so much for your continued support of this project. We are pleased to announce that the "Chicken Project" is a big sucess. To date the six women who are participating in the project have bought 4 batches of chicks (100 chicks per batch). To date the women made a profit of $600.00. They divided the money among themselves resulting in each woman receiving $100 from selling the chickens. The women are very grateful to have have earned some money to help their families. This money goes a long way in these rural areas. Here is what some of the women had to say:

In Their Own Words

"We are very grateful to the donors for helping us. This money helped us a lot. This project has really lifted up our spirits.  I cant find the words to adequately express how we feel.  I take care of two grand children. With this money I was able to buy food and medicines for my grandchildren. Thank you so much for giving us the money to start the project. This project has changed our lives!

 

"I also want to thank the donors for all their help. With the money I earned I was able to buy school supplies and food for my family.

 

"I didnt know where I was going to get money to pay may son's exam fee. This money came in handy.  Thank you so much for helping us"

 

"With the money I earned I was able to buy food and shoes for my children. I thank the donors for all their kindness. I feel fortunate to be among the women who were chosen to participate in this project"

What We Are Planning For 2016

  • Build a bigger chicken coop with several compartments. This way the women dont have to wait until they have sold all the chickens inorder for them to purchace the next batch. They will place the new chicks in one compartment and put the older chickens in another compartment.
  • Raise egg laying chickens as well

As you can see from the attached pictures and from what the women had to say, you are playing a major role in tranforming their lives.

Thank you so much for all your support!!!

Happy New Year!

Best wishes,

Thelma

Women Showing Off Their Chickens
Women Showing Off Their Chickens
New Coop Will Be Built Where We Are Laying Rocks
New Coop Will Be Built Where We Are Laying Rocks
New Coop Will Be Built Where We Are Laying Rocks
New Coop Will Be Built Where We Are Laying Rocks
The Chicks
The Chicks

Dear Friends,

Thank yo so much for your continued support of this project. Our vision to restore dignity and hope to disadvantaged women in these rural areas and to empower them to live up to their full potential has become a reality. The chicken project is a big success. The lives of six women who are participating in this project have been transformed. With the money they raise from selling the chickens they are able to support their children and grand children. Here is what the women had to say:

In Their Own Words

"Our chicken project is very successful. The profit we made from selling the chickens has helped us support our children. We thank you so much.  We have now purchased our third batch of chicks. Our plan is to build a bigger chicken coop with several compartments. This way we dont have to wait until we have sold all the chickens inorder for us  to purchace the next batch. We will place the new chicks in one compartment and put the older chickens in another compartment. We also plan on raising egg laying chickens. We are very grateful to you for giving us the funds to start this project. We take this project very seriously. We feel very fortunate to have been chosen among many women in this village to be the ones to participate in this project. We pray that God will bless you for your kindness."

As you can see from the attached pictures and from what the women had to say, you are playing a major role in tranforming the lives of these women.

Thank you so much for all your support!!!

Best wishes,

Thelma

The women feeding the chicks
The women feeding the chicks
The chicks
The chicks
The women feeding the chicks
The women feeding the chicks
The women feeding the chicks
The women feeding the chicks
The women feeding the chicks
The women feeding the chicks
The Women Who Are Participating In The Project
The Women Who Are Participating In The Project

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for your continued support of this project. We strongly believe that improving the socio-economic status of women in the developing world is key to fighting and ending global poverty. Women in the rural areas of Zimbabwe bear almost all responsibility for meeting the basic needs of the family yet they are disadvantaged economically and educationally and are systematically denied the resources, information and freedom of action they need to fulfill this responsibility. This situation has been exacerbated by HIV/AIDS which has rapidly become a woman's disease. Women living with AIDS are struggling to support their children and they cant afford the cost of receiving treatment.

Our vision is to restore dignity and hope to disadvantaged women in these rural areas and to to empower them to live up to their full potential. We firmly believe that empowering women strengthens the entire community. Families are healthier and more children attend school.

We are pleased to announce that the "Chicken Project" is a big sucess. The lives of the six women who are participating in this project have been transformed. We are very pleased to have Mrs Chikoo managing this project for us. We attribute the success of this project to her dedication and hard work in overseeing the project.  One of the biggest lessons we have learned is that inorder for these projects to be successfull it is very important to have the right person managing the projects. The project manager needs to be a respected member of the community who is passionate about projects that empower women. Mrs Chikoo has all these qualities and we are honored to have her manage this project for us.

The women ordered their next batch of chickens. I will post a progress report in 3 weeks. You will be able to see the pictures of the chickens. 

 

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to you for supporting this project. Together we are transforming the lives of these women and putting them in a better position to help their families. We couldnt have done this without your help!

 

Best wishes,

Thelma

Project Manager Encouraging The Women
Project Manager Encouraging The Women
Women Who Are Participating In The Project
Women Who Are Participating In The Project
Showing off the chickens
Showing off the chickens

Dear Friends,

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to you for your continued support of this project. This project is our strategy for improving the socio-economic status of disadvantaged rural women. Even though we provide food and clothing to poor women, our long term goal is to introduce income generating projects that lift them out of poverty. This holistic approach ensures that disadvantaged rural women and their children have enough food to eat and looks out for their long term economic propspects.

Here is what we accomplished this year —thanks to your help!.

The Chicken project is in full swing. Six women are participating in the project. We are pleased to announce that the women successfully raised and sold 100 chickens. They are getting ready to buy more chicks. This time they will buy egg laying chickens as well. Here is what the women had to say:

"We would like to thank our donors for supporting us. We really like the project. We have learned a lot about raising chickens. The lessons we learned will help us going forward. Thanks again for helping us!" 


As you can see from the attached pictures this project is a big success. Through your donations you are playing a major role in tranforming the lives of disadvantaged rural women!  May you have a very happy and prosperous 2015

Best wishes,

Thelma

Customer buying a chicken
Customer buying a chicken
One of the women feeding the chickens
One of the women feeding the chickens
Project manager checking on the chickens
Project manager checking on the chickens
 

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Tekeshe Foundation

Location: North Chelmsford, MA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.tekeshe.org
Project Leader:
Thelma Sithole
North Chelmsford, MA United States

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