Likoswe Village needs $2000 to grow more food. This project will help 738 people across 187 households. Likoswe has contributed $200, materials, and labor.

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Likoswe wants agricultural fertilizer to solve a persistent problem caused by poverty -- food insecurity. For most farmers, applying high quality fertilizer to hybrid seeds, will significantly increase yields.

Community Problem: Like most of Malawi, Likoswe struggles to grow enough food. This is due to climate change, cyclical weather patters like El Nino, and a lack of access to affordable, high-quality farm inputs like fertilizer. As the foundation of the Malawian economy, agriculture affects everything. Most Malawians experience a hungry season each year, when food stocks run low and families are forced to skip meals. Bad growing years extend the hungry season and drive people deeper into poverty. Likoswe has used manure from its Village X-funded goat herd to improve maize yields, but the manure is not enough. Fertilizer is needed to significantly increase agricultural productivity.

Community Solution: Loan Likoswe the money to obtain high-quality fertilizer before the growing season begins in November. Smallholder farmers in Likoswe will receive this fertilizer directly from the factory, receiving a good price that cuts out middlemen and opportunistic government officials. The fertilizer will help ensure a good growing season, with excess food sold to pay for education, and heath care. Likoswe will pay back the loan over the course of the year, and we will rollover those repayments into next year's agricultural loan, making this project a sustainable gift that keeps on giving.

Partners: National Peace Corps Association

Outcome: fertilizer for the food growing season

Jun 2019
Village Raises Cash Contribution
Jun 2019
Project Posted
Field Officer Benard Dickson

Email: benard@villagex.org
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Change in Development Score:
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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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