In case you missed it on our Facebook page… Laston recently received employment through the Malawi government as an assistant veterinary officer! He studied Animal Husbandry in college, so this is a great fit! We have supported Laston since our inception in 2009 — we are very excited about this opportunity for Laston!
Through our Sustainable Livelihoods Program, in June, we began agriculture training with four new communities. Previously, we contracted with local government agriculture officers to conduct the training. To increase our impact, three of EKARI’s staff (who have agriculture backgrounds) created EKARI’s new training curriculum and conduct the training themselves. The revamped training focuses on adapting to changes in the climate in Malawi, such as planting a variety of drought- and pest-resistant crops as well as using organic manure to increase soil fertility. The goal is to improve agriculture production to conserve natural resources, achieve food security, and reduce poverty at the household level with minimal costs to the farmers.
One of the goals of our Sustainable Livelihoods Program is to connect groups with loans so they can grow their businesses. EKARI does not provide the loans, but rather the training and connections to do this. Vision Fund is a microfinance institution, and has requirements to distribute loans: (1) they only give loans to people in groups, (2) groups must receive financial training, and (3) group members must prove they can pay back the loan. EKARI helps meet those needs by helping form groups, providing VSL training to help start businesses, and providing Business Management training to grow businesses. Two of our groups received loans in May! All members have started to pay back their loans on time and with interest!
Our Annual Event is coming up on September 21! You will hear and engage with stories from our field staff in Malawi, learn what it means to Fail Forward, and enjoy a variety of complimentary appetizers, desserts, and beverages. It’ll be a night you won’t want to miss so mark your calendars now or — as space is limited — register today!