watch levitra walmart program go priligy bez recepty cialis 100 mg http://fishingwithrod.com/?=how-to-take-levitra-20-mg&355=bd levitra and alcohol Balaka district in Southern Malawi just like most other rural areas in Malawi is characterised by high food and nutrition insecurity and low opportunities for income generation. The average Malawi depends on rain fed agriculture for food as well as income through sale of agricultural produce.
Life is even harder in Balaka as rains are very erratic which may entail very little rains in one season to floods in another. The main staple crop is maize and cash crop is cotton. With the erratic rains maize production has been very low while on the other hand low cotton prices have forced people to look for alternative sources of income. Thus, farmers are caught in a vicious cycle of poverty. As one way of escaping poverty, some farmers in Mpilisi agricultural Extension Planning Area (EPA) organised themselves into a group with the aim of adding value to their produce in order to improve incomes and nutrition their households through making and selling bakery products.
The group is called Tiyanjane Bakery
The Department for International Development (DFID) came to their assistance by helping them with construction of a building to be used as an office and two mobile bakery units. However DFIDs assistance phased out before the group had enough capacity to run operations of a bakery. They still had challenges to operate as a group, lacked skill to make products that could appeal to customers, they lacked marketing skills. As such the group still lacked direction, purpose and energy.
In 2014 Cassava Adding Value for Africa (CAVA), identified the group as having potential for improvement but lacking a helping hand. CAVA provided them training in group dynamics and leadership and provided them with a cassava grater and pressing machine. They were trained on how to process High Quality Cassava Flour (HQCF) and partially substitute wheat flour with HQCF in baking products like scones buns and flitters. Group members were further train on how to identify markets and in general business management. To build the raw material base for HQCF, CAVA in partnership with GIZ distributed cassava planting materials of improved varieties to farmers around the factory/bakery so that farmers could sell fresh cassava roots to the factory.
As a result of the above mentioned interventions, Tiyanjane has established a thriving business with two main HQCF distribution channels; firstly the group uses the HQCF in their own bakery in making scones, flitters, bans, doughnuts and bread, secondly they sell HQCF to women making flitters in various surrounding locations through local shops. HQCF is cheaper than wheat flour and yet when used in partial substitution provide the same number of products compared to no substitution. Thus inclusion of HQCF results in the same amount of sales monetary value per unit amount of input but increases profit by reducing input material costs. As a group they have now built an outlet shop for their products, bought two bicycles for distribution of products local markets during market days and for distribution of HQCF. Further, cassava, a drought tolerant crop, offers them hope that in extreme maize production failure, they can rely on surplus cassava production for food.
Livelihoods of members have and continue to improve. Mrs Fanny Sanudi, a member and treasurer of the group says of her house which is still under construction “with the profits we are sharing from the processing centre and the bakery, I have managed to buy bricks and am now constructing a good house which I could not have done if it were not for CAVAs intervention in our business”. Other members sight benefits like ability to pay school fees for their children in secondary schools, buying livestock such as goats for their homes and meeting their daily needs with ease.
Tiyanjane is now supporting three orphans; Everson Litete and Banford Nkhoma both form two and Daud Tsakama form one at Success secondary school who were about to drop out because they could not afford school fees. As a group, Tiyanjane agreed to give these orphans pieceworks so that they can generate capital to buy ingredients for bakery products and give them chance to use the bakery to make bread, scones, doughnuts and flitters and sell them using the existing distribution channels. Part of the income is used for fees and part ploughed back into business. The three now have hope to continue with their education, one day pick up a job, become a member of the bakery or start similar businesses of their own and become independent with a decent life. The future looks bright and surrounding communities stand to benefit from Tiyanjane. Other distant groups supported by CAVA have already benefited and continue to benefit through exchange visits.