2Seeds 2013 via Crowdrise
June 05, 2013
BENEFITING: 2SEEDS NETWORK
EVENT DATE: Jun 01, 2013
Our team of 2Seeds project coordinators arrived in Tanzania nine months ago to serve in developing food and income security in some of the most remote parts of Tanzania. The 2Seeds Network approaches the complex issues of development in Sub-Saharan Africa with a drastically different philosophy: we target communities unreached by other NGOs and we live in community with our Tanzanian partners to build the trusted relationships necessary for real change to take root. We have lived hand in hand with villagers and designed projects to address the individual needs of each community. This campaign is designed to support those projects as they continue to have catalytic impact on the ground.
With two months left on the ground, we feel a stronger mandate than ever to push these projects to the next level. After we leave, our local partners will carry the weight of the projects for 6-8 weeks until the new team arrives. To leave a foundation strong enough to enable our farmers to lead the projects through the transition and for the incoming teams to push the projects to the next level, we need to raise $12,000 by June 1st.
2Seeds’ founder and his wife, Jim and Jennifer Meeks, have generously agreed to match your donation up to $10,000. For each dollar raised for these projects before June 1st, a dollar will be invested to support the long-term success of all of the Network’s initiatives.
Please support our final push to make lasting impacts in communities that are working against incredible odds every day to pull themselves out of extreme poverty.
Although we live in one district, our projects have been shaped by the distinct conditions of each community. Below are sketches of three specific projects. To learn more about 2Seeds and the other project sites please visit: http://www.2Seeds.org/
Tabora Project: More than a plains project.
Challenges: Tabora is an old sisal village in the burning plains of Korogwe. When the sisal industry collapsed, farmers were left in an unforgiving environment. Given these conditions, farmers struggled to adequately feed their families.
The Project: Needing to move away from traditional agriculture and recognizing the entrepreneurial potential of women in Tabora, we created a food-processing venture (drying fruits and vegetables, packaging snack foods, and cooking jams) to drive small-scale economic development. Working closely with a group of 8 women, they evaluated several business plans and are in the first stages of setting up their business.
Looking Forward: Over the next two months, we will increase production every week to establish a consistent schedule and begin to generate profits. Our partners will engage in management trainings and set aside funds to expand their business in the future. Your investment will ensure that the women of Tabora receive a steady income for the first time in their lives.
Lutindi: A mountaintop shrouded in clouds.
Challenges: Lutindi has some of the best environmental conditions in the district; however, the mountainous terrain divides arable land into small and widely distributed farms. With less than half an acre of land, one farmer alone cannot produce enough to profit from sending even the highest quality crops to larger, more distant markets. Reaching larger markets, where they can earn up to double the local price, is critical to ending the cycle of subsistence farming in Lutindi.
The Project: 2Seeds organized a cooperative of 30 farms in Lutindi, which coordinate planting and harvesting to access markets collectively, efficiently, and cheaply. To further increase the productivity of each farm, we structured a microfinance system. Microloans allow our farmers to gain access to higher quality inputs (treated seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, and sprayer pumps). After receiving educational trainings, the farmers are now safely and preventatively using these inputs for the first time.
Looking forward: The first-ever sale of Lutindi crops at the largest wholesale market in Tanzania last season had a catalytic effect: not only did farmers increase their income, but they were opened to a new world of market access. Over the next season, our farmers will work to increase their production by 30% and make at least five group sales to major markets. As farmers continue to make connections to more stable markets and gain new horticultural knowledge, they are less exposed to the inherent risks of agriculture and market fluctuations—all major steps towards long-term stability for our partners in Lutindi.
Kijungumoto: Our home in the foothills.
Challenges: Nestled in the foothills, Kijungumoto benefited from predictable rain for many years. Now weather patterns are shifting. The rainy seasons have become increasingly unpredictable and the lack of local agricultural expertise has left farmers without tools to adapt.
The Project: To provide farmers with the tools necessary to cope with the changing climate, we designed and implemented a comprehensive agricultural education program. Now in its second year, the farmers of our inaugural class are using basic irrigation to grow vegetables for the first time, allowing farmers to be less dependent on rain. In order to broaden our reach within the community, we are simultaneously launching a second class, teaching water conservation techniques and experimenting with locally adapted staple crops (sorghum, millet, peanuts, cassava, etc).
Looking Forward: By hosting experts from within the Network at six trainings over the last year, our group members have gained access to expertise that would not otherwise be available to them. We are working closely with one individual per group to develop them into local resources, providing groundbreaking knowledge and instilling the confidence to act upon it. Your support would allow the farmers to host two trainings per month over the coming season, further narrowing their knowledge gap and broadening their skills for the rest of their lives.
Magoma: A river runs through it
Challenges: The Luengera River that runs through the heart of the Magoma valley is both a blessing and a curse. While the constant flow of water provides a source of irrigation for the villages many rice fields, the community continues to rely on seasonal rains for their staple maize crop. The village's location at the base of an old sisal plantation also leads to frequent flooding, wiping out the production of Magoma's farmers five times in the last three years
The Project: The Magoma project works with community leaders and teachers to shape minds old and new at Kijango and Kwata primary schools. With a school farm and a livestock initiative, we hope to demonstrate best practices while funding school meals, leading to improved nutrition and higher attendance at school.
Looking Forward: While the farmers face many challenges, we in Magoma also realize the potential for education. The school farm is transitioning to more sustainable practices, reducing reliance on expensive inputs while also diversifying production. Magoma's first tree nursery will be established in the next few months to educate the community about deforestation's toll on the valley while also serving as the home for 2Seeds' network wide reforestation initiative. The team and our partners continue to identify positive initiatives in the community to mitigate risk and lead to a brighter future for Magoma.
Many people will never experience the communities we live and work in. This is your opportunity to reach them in a real way.
Your support and investment in this work means catalytic changes in the lives of our Tanzanian partners. Please help us reach our goal of $12,000 by June 1st. Not only does your dollar support these projects, but it is also matched up to $10,000 to ensure these projects continue to be supported once we return home.
Thank you, in advance, for your support. As our Tanzanian partners tell us everyday:
Tuko pamoja! We are together!