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Completion of African Village Market Project

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I am a Peace Corps Volunteer in a rural village in Zambia. In my village there is a cooperative who has started to build a market project to bring economic development to their small community. Currently the women who sell vegetables sit in the sun and run from the rain. The cooperative is trying to build a market to alleviate those issues, and also charge a small amount of rent every day to maintain the market and to initiate a fund to help fund future projects to help the members advance financially. There are 12 families that are members of the cooperative are strictly subsistence farmers with little to no income for most of the year. There are even a few weeks were food is to scarce for their families to have meals on consecutive days. This project is designed to empower the local farmers to be able to gain some excess funds through the profit sharing of daily rents, but also allocating extra funds to fund future projects, such as fish farming, honey production, or any number of small scale projects to boost their financial standing. The cooperative has put a lot of work into this project with the digging and filling of the foundation, assisting bricklayers with mixing mortar, and providing the necessary labor needed to make bricks. The project is nearly completed, all that remains is to complete the roof with the purchase of metal roofing sheets. Every dollar donated will bring us so much closer to finishing our project.

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