Encourage the development of the local economy and combat malnutrition among children in Nyaishozi (Karagwe), a very impoverished area of Tanzania. With this objective, last year the Barceló Foundation promoted the creation of 100 farms, in which three types of production are developed: yellow beans, pig breeding and supply of other seeds to create nurseries and plant trees to help alleviate the existing deforestation. This initiative has been very well received by the community, which has led to new beneficiaries joining the project in 2021.
“This initiative is designed to run for three years and, when completed in 2022, will have benefited each household with 48 piglets. Thus, a profit margin of around 30% is estimated, which means a family income of almost 600 € for the beneficiaries during the project period. To this income, we must add the improvement in the quality of life of more than 500 children living in highly vulnerable conditions and, therefore, also that of their caregivers,” argue the Barceló Foundation’s Project Area.
In order to participate in this project, farmers must have a plot of land of around 4.000m2 and be a member of a savings group. “We, for our part, what we do is finance the organization, distribution of seeds, herbicides and pigs, as well as training and monitoring of the evolution of each farm, until the first harvest,” explained the Barceló Foundation.
Thus, thanks to the implementation of these farms and the diversification of their production areas, farmers are able to improve their productivity and also increase their income, which allows them to continue the project and make it sustainable.
“Pig farming is one of the most productive businesses in sustainable economic development in the most vulnerable populations in Africa, since its commercial market is quite large. In addition to meat, pigs are also used for leather to make suitcases, shoes and gloves. And the bristles are used to make brushes. In the wild, pigs can live for 10 to 15 years, so that the animal can be used for almost 100 % of its life”, according to the Projects Area.
To sustain the project, the 100 farmers are divided into three self-help groups (SHGs) – recognized by the state government – through which they will organize marketing and access to collective sales markets. The concept of savings and credit has also been introduced to enable them to access financial services and access external credit, if it was necessary.
“For the development of this project we have the collaboration of Pamoja Community Connections as a local partner. They are in charge of purchasing and distributing a piglet to the beneficiary households, which commit to deliver a piglet to the project when the pig has its own piglets. In this way, the project can be extended to other families and its continuity is assured,” they conclude.