The United States African Development Foundation (Usadf), an independent agency of the United States Government, has awarded Mgwirizano Cooperative of Dedza a grant totalling $86,769 (approximately K66 million) to help the cooperative in the production of soy.
The funds will be used to purchase equipment such as grading machines, weighing scales, and sewing machines for packaging sacks.
Chairperson of the cooperative, Tifere Juma, said the grant will help them boost their business and livelihood.
“We will use the money to buy soy and buy office equipment for the cooperative. The rest of the money will uplift our social economic status,” he said when he received the donation.
Usadf Country Programme Coordinator, Lynda Jere, said the grant will build capacity of the cooperative to increase their production.
“We usually work with the Ministry of Agriculture who alerts communities about the funding that we provide. We also do direct outreach where we tell communities about Usadf grants. Mgwirizano is a small cooperative that is growing soy and selling in bulk so the grant will really help boost their production,” she said.
Usadf aims to support African-driven solutions that address grassroots economic and social problems in African communities.
Since inception, Usadf has provided 38 grants in Malawi totalling over $6.7 million.
The support has largely gone to the coffee, dairy, rice, and sunflower oil production sectors.
Mgwirizano Cooperative has 80 members, 50 women and 30 men, in Traditional Authority Kaphuka in Dedza.
It grows soy beans and grades them before selling them in bulk.
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