Lucy and son on the fish farm site
Greetings from MLF USA.
The Chickolongo Community Fish Farm is now a reality. It was offically opened on September 14, 2013 by Malawi's Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Culture, Ms. Rachel Mazombwe-zulu. Zulu stressed that the government was committed to implementing new approaches, especially to develop partnerships with stakeholders, to effectively manage wildlife both inside and outside protected areas, as previously, neighbouring communities (to such areas) never benefited anything, let alone allowed access to harvest certain natural resources on a sustainable basis.
In his remarks, the German Ambassador to Malawi, Dr Peter Woeste, who indicated the project was a direct response to an appeal for help from the Chikolongo community, said the initiative was a “nice deal” as it would help to keep the animals, particularly elephants, away from the people and the farm fish for people’s alternative livelihood.
“The elders identified a fish farm as something that could improve life for the villagers. We’re hoping the farm will keep the villagers safe and the animals safe, and we’re relying on the support of Chikolongo to make sure the farm is a success,” he said.
Here is a link to a short video of the project:
The MicroLoan Foundation USA will hold it's annual A Taste of Africa gala on December 6, at Fenway Park in Boston.Full details, ticket information, etc, can be found on our website, www.microloanfoundationusa.org
More news after the Holidays.