Banana boom for Zambian women

Self Help AfricaNews

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Christine Mwale predicts that the income of women in her village can double when they become full-time suppliers to the new Banana Enterprise Project being supported by Self Help Africa in Nyimba, Zambia.

Established by Self Help Africa in collaboration with Nyimba District Farmers Association, the project will buy banana from 600 women farmers with small plantations in the area.

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Cash and climate pay-back for seed grower

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‘When I wake up I go to my fields,” says Barbara Chintino. “I have always been a farmer, and I always will’, says the 47 year old farm householder from Balaka district in southern Malawi.

Barbara and her husband Patrick are farmers with a difference.  Alongside growing cassava and maize on their small farm  at Chindikiti village, they produce pigeon pea seed, which they recently harvested and sold, earning 69,000 Malawi Kwacha (€120).

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Goat scheme feeding many mouths

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Supporting and feeding a family in Kenya’s Rift Valley is difficult for many – producing the food required to feed a community of orphans greatly increases the challenge.

But that is what the Imani New Step group in Kamathata village near Nakuru are doing, and their task has been made far easier as a result of the agricultural support provided by Self Help Africa.

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Zambian sisters do it for themselves

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Alida and Lofta Zulu have been farming together since they were young women.

30 years on from the death of their father and the two sisters are still using the one-acre plot they inherited on the death of their father to earn a living for their families and themselves.

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Ethiopian farmers peanut butter dividend

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An enterprising peanut project is transforming the lives of close to 800 Ethiopian farm families, with producers earning a premium by trading not just their raw nut crop, but also processing and selling peanut butter to supermarkets in the region.

Just eighteen months after 770 farmers in districts of the East Haraghe region of Oromia province were enrolled and trained by Self Help Africa to participate in the pilot groundnut (peanut) project, they are seeing three and four-fold increases in their harvests of improved nut varieties.  

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Give your Honey a Peck this Valentine’s Day

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This Valentine’s Day, why not give that someone special a gift with a difference – by giving one of our ‘Bee Mine’ bee hives or ‘Give us a Peck’ pair of chicks, you can show your loved one how much you care as well as helping an African family to eat better and to make a living from their farming.

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International Women’s Day

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The United Nation’s International Women’s Day (IWD) takes place annually across the globe on March 8th, and at Self Help Africa it is an opportunity for us to both celebrate the successes, and highlight the challenges and obstacles that remain for millions of women in sub-Saharan Africa.

IWD is an occasion when women are recognized for their achievements. It’s a time also to highlight the struggles, and look ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women across the globe.

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Credit support helps Ethiopian widow

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Profit earned from trading vegetables that she produced on her small farm has allowed widowed mum-of-four Shifine Mamo to send all of her children to school. And following the recent graduation of her son from technical college, she is determined that her other children will too finish their education.

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Proud parent celebrates daughter’s graduation

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It was a proud day for 45-year-old Dorothy Sijambo Habat when her daughter came home with a university diploma. Unable to finish high school herself Dorothy has made it her life’s work to ensure her children get the opportunity she missed out on.

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Tour de Farce: The ugly truth behind Lance Armstrong

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He was one of the world’s most famous sports superstars. His story of recovery from cancer to even greater triumphs on his bike captured the public’s imagination. But Lance Armstrong’s 7 Tour De France wins were based on a lie… Now meet the man who unmasked Lance and knocked him off his bike and help raise some money for Africa.

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