Improving Economic Stability for Women in Farming (IESF)

Year: 2020
Country: Malawi
Project Investment: $752.05
Project Status: Funded
Sector: Economic Opportunity

Project Launch: 4-22-20

The Improving Economic Stability for Women in Farming project will train 20 female farmers in sustainable horticulture production who will later be provided with farm inputs such as carrot, mushroom, lettuce and bell pepper seeds as start-up packages. Apart from the technical expertise and continuous monitoring that will be done by Tac Maz community organization, the women will also be categorized into three groups where they will be having fortnight meetings to discuss project progress. The community organization will support the women in accessing markets to sell their produce. In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the project will use part of the grant funds to procure soap and buckets in order to install handwashing stations in public spaces used by community members. This project will therefore improve financial stability of the farmers while ensuring that they are adhering to COVID-19 preventive measures to maintain healthy lives. 

Project Update: 6-30-20

The Improving Stability for Women in Farming project commenced in April 2020 with a $752 grant funding from World Connect. Using these funds, the 20 women in the project have purchased and sowed various vegetable seeds which include carrots, lettuce, and green pepper. Two months into the implementation, most of the women have transplanted their seedlings into the fields and are monitoring growth progress as they look forward to the harvesting period in a few months. As a result of the project, the women have been organized into a formal grouping where they have been trained in cooperative building and they are in the process of being registered as a cooperative. As a part of observing the measures put in place in avoiding COVID-19, the women redirected some of their funding to purchase 23 buckets and soap tablets which have since been distributed to the 20 group members, two chiefs and another to a local woman in the community. Tac-Maz continues to conduct monitoring visits to ensure smooth running of the project and providing guidance to the women where necessary.