Yelemiya Village used $1500 in September, 2021 to Start a Pig Herd. This project helped 401 people across 101 households. Yelemiya contributed 10% ($150), materials, and labor.

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Yelemiya wants a herd of pigs to solve persistent problems caused by poverty.

Community Problem: Yelemiya residents have low incomes and limited diets. The two are connected. Without money, residents cannot eat a healthy mix of proteins, oils, vitamins/minerals, and carbohydrates. Lack of money also leads to lack of education, healthcare, and farming inputs, driving people deeper into poverty.

Community Solution: Start a local herd of 30 mostly female pigs. Breed the pigs over time to expand the herd and share piglets to low-income families throughout the community. The pigs will help increase agricultural income by generating manure to fertilize crops, nourish families with meat protein during meals, and allow families to pay expenses like school fees by selling goat offspring. Demand for pigs and fresh pork had increased significantly over the last five years, marked by a 20 percent increase in the price of pork in real terms. We expect demand to continue growing. Pig farming is common in this part of Malawi, and pig recipients will receive help from the local government veterinary office. This project will build capacity in a community that has invested its resources to cover labor, materials, and 10% in cash.

Partners: generous donors and Yelemiya Village, Karonga District, Malawi

Outcome: livestock assets for the village

Jun 2021
Village Raises Cash Contribution
Jun 2021
Project Posted
Jul 2021
Project Funded
Sep 2021
Project Completed
Field Officer Wedson Kondowe

Email: wedson@villagex.org
Phone Number:
+265994207245 or +265888661301

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Dollars Invested in Projects in
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*Scores based on # of waterborne illnesses, malaria cases, maternal deaths, and infant deaths per capita.
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*Scores based on school enrollment and national exam passage rates per capita.
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*Scores based on # of agriculural and non-agricultural village businesses per capita.
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*Scores based on # of roofs with iron sheets, TVs, motorcycles, and smartphones per capita.
Change in Agricultural Production:
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*Scores based on # of 60 kg bags of maize produced per capita.
Change in Livestock Holdings:
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*Scores based on # of goats and cows per capita.
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