Project Launch: 12-27-19
A community organization called Reach Out to Girls will provide 50 women in Lilongwe, Malawi with six months of agriculture value addition training. Participants will learn how to package and market tomatoes, onions, and groundnuts. The products will be sold in supermarkets and around the communities. The cooperative will collectively save some of the profits in order to start a food processing business in future. The rest of the profits will be divided among the women to increase household income.
Project Update: 4-1-20
Reach out to Girls has mobilized 64 women to form a budding cooperative. Through the project, all the 64 women have been trained in value addition, food processing, and market focused packaging of their produce. In addition, the women have been trained in business and financial management to help them profitably manage the farm businesses. The cooperative will find a market on behalf of the members who will mobilize the needed produce and receive their share of income after sales. To improve sales, the women have started packing their tomato, onion and vegetables into different attractive packages. To continue supporting learning, Reach out to Girls has produced and translated the training manual for women to use for years to come. The project is 90% on track and expected to complete in July with the group having developed into a fully fledged formal cooperative.