US Embassy donates K49m in rural community grants


The US Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Programme and United States African Development Foundation (ADF) have given grants totalling US$94,000 (about K49 million) to 14 community-based organisations and groups across the country.

With US$50,000, the Ambassador’s Self-Help Fund is funding eight projects: two in the water sector, three are education-related, one in the health sector, one in the tourism sector, and the construction of a bridge.

The US$40,000 ADF funding will support six projects: three focused on value addition (processing of peanut butter and potato crisps), one for vocational skills development, one for processing of organic manure, and a maize mill.


US Ambassador Virginia Palmer on Tuesday told the grantees that the money will have a positive impact on communities.

“We are proud to contribute to Malawi’s leadership vision of turning this country from a predominantly importing one to a predominantly exporting nation. We are living the dream this year by supporting community projects that will process groundnuts into peanut butter, Irish Potatoes into potato crisps and waste products into organic manure,” Palmer said.

She also recognised efforts the country is making in providing technical skills to young people.


About 22,000 people are expected to directly benefit from this year’s projects.

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