AfricaWorks (AW) overall objective is to economically empower rural farmers through establishing sustainable, viable, community based, scalable and market driven models in crop production. The idea is to allow these farmers who will become our clients the opportunity to grab control and thus gain ownership over their poverty infused circumstances. The majority of our client’s currently share their wealth by supporting an average of 6 orphan children and 2-3 sick people affected by HIV/AIDS.
Here’s how the crop production sector works:
– Each of the irrigation schemes are located in a village where interested individuals form a group and apply for the opportunity to partner with AfricaWorks. AfricaWorks in collaboration with community leadership will select farmers through these applications.
– AfricaWorks is often also approached by existing associations which are first assessed before they partner with us. Partnered with AfricaWorks clients will be monitored, trained and assisted, financially, technically as well as in micro enterprise management, in order to improve their level of productivity and thus income.
– All partnerships with AfricaWorks under crop production will run under irrigation schemes. This decision enables greater and more efficient production rates as farmers would no longer have to rely on sporadic rainfall. Farmers/clients will be able to produce all year round and thus earning a stable income throughout the year.
Chickens are possibly the largest livestock contributor in the diet of smallholder sectors. They also play a major role in poverty alleviation and food security at household level. There are no barriers to chicken meat consumption (religious or otherwise) thus; they are the most common source of animal protein. They also constitute a source of income if sold.
AfricaWorks (AW) Poultry model currently runs in Mozambique and Swaziland, and we are in the process of setting up the poultry model in Zimbabwe as well. The model ensures that each client we work with develops a sustainable market driven poultry business that will economically empower them, improve their living standards and that of their family and additional dependents. Our clients are now in a position to spread their wealth by employing others in their communities, further empowering and benefiting more people in need.
In order to nurture this development, clients are provided with technical, business and financial support and training
Reaching people in rural areas is critical as two thirds of Mozambique’s population lives in rural areas. The financial services are primarily focused on micro loans to economically active people living in peri-urban and rural areas.
Repayment rates exceed 98% showing the dedication of clients to take ownership of their situation and excel. Most clients have successfully gone through repeated loan cycles and have not only been able to grow their businesses and support their families and additional dependents but have also gone on to create further jobs for those who are unemployed .