Ester Mukhova, from Matumula Village, Traditional Authority Katunga in Chikhwawa district is one woman farmer who has greatly benefited from a livestock pass-on programme that Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) is implementing in the district . She is a proud owner of cows.
Mukhova, who joined the farmers club as a maize farmer claims she owes her success in the project to the holistic nature of the project which made her possible to get a loan from the village savings and loand to purchase a cow.
The Chikhwawa woman says before DAPP farmer clubs project, her family was poor with only a few chickens that were mostly kept for household consumption.
“DAPP has lifted my family up. After giving us training in conservation farming and livestock management, my house is never the same. I am glad to say that I now have a cow, I also run a business selling doughnuts to repay the loans,” says Mukhova.
From only a single cow that she bought with money she got from the villages savings and loans from DAPP the family of Mukhova owns three cows. This is in addition to the family has improved annual income income for her home.
“Thanks to DAPP because instead of giving out hand outs for consumption, they decided to teach us how to raise our economic statuses by working with each other to support our initiatives,” She reiterated.
DAPP Malawi implemented a three year Farmers Clubs project in Chikhwawa. The project has 105 farmer clubs with about 50 members each.