Friday the 13th may be unlucky for some but we are hoping that you will make it our lucky day. Today marks the first day of our Match Funding Campaign and we have the potential to unlock £25,000 / $30,000.
The funding received during this week (13th-20th October) will be for our Growing the Future project. At Ripple Africa we truly believe communities can be the solution to the challenges facing them and Growing the Future encompasses that belief.
Through our Agriculture team we are supporting families to grow improved orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, a variety of fruit trees and create sustainable farming businesses.
We share simple techniques which get effective results and grow the futures of communities in Malawi. With your help, we can make those results happen if we reach our target.
To donate visit: https://rippleafrica.org/match-funding-2023/ Tawonga Ukongwa, thank you.
We are off to a really good start to reach our goal to unlock the match funding, so to everyone who has donated in the first couple of days, thank you so much for your support.
One of the projects within Growing the Future is our fruit trees project. In Malawi we are working with 100 community groups to grow thousands of fruit trees each year.
This not only provides food but a source of income too allowing families to be able to afford other necessities and save money.
The team also teach club members how to care for the seedlings, make manure and natural fertiliser, identify pests, and how to protect the seedlings from livestock once planted out.
Each group also donates a proportion of their seedlings to local schools and vulnerable people in the community.
We are half way through our Match Funding week and already we have raised £8,570 (approx. $10,284) which is incredible. That’s 34% of our target so thank you so much.
Another of the projects being supported by this Match Funding Campaign is helping community clubs to establish vegetable gardens with the view of opening small-scale farming businesses.
We provide each Club with three packets of vegetable seeds. They sow the seeds and from the harvest of two packets, they sell these vegetables at market. The harvest from the third packet is eaten by the club members’ families.
After selling the vegetables at market, the club members are taught basic finance and business skills to start a small chicken business. They buy 10 chicks, feed and vaccines and after six weeks, are able to sell the chickens.
Some of the Community Clubs are now saving the profit to develop their businesses further by buying and rearing pigs.