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Community Income-Generating Projects

With more than 80% of the population in Zambia living on less than $2 per day, and unemployment above 50%, daily life is often difficult for the guardians and caregivers of orphans and vulnerable children. In Nígombe Compound, the neighborhood in which most of Temwani Childrenís Foundationís projects are based, people make ends meet by growing their own food and doing odd jobs. By funding income-generating project workshops, training programs, and equipment for community organizations, Temwani assists individuals and groups in learning new skills and earning sustainable incomes that enable them to take care of their families.

Mapalo Knitting and Sewing Initiative

Aunts, grandmothers and caregivers of the children attending the Kondwa Day Center for Orphans and PaKachele Primary School have joined forces to find new income opportunities.  Originally known as “Empowering Widows in Development,” the group made jewelry, tie-dyed fabrics, and other handicrafts for sale in local markets. 

Mapalo members

In 2007, Temwani Children’s Foundation partnered with individuals from Grace St. Paul’s Church in Tucson, Arizona to purchase a knitting machine for the group.  After being trained on how to use the machine, the organization solicited contracts to make sweaters for school uniforms.  Recently, the group reorganized under the name, Mapalo, which means “blessings” in the Bemba language.   Mapalo now meets on Wednesday and Friday afternoons to make sweaters for the 200 children attending the Kondwa Day Center for Orphans and the PaKachele Primary School.  The group has also purchased sewing machines and takes orders from schools and individuals.

Children at PaKachele and Kondwa Day Center wear sweaters knitted by Mapalo women.

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Sausage Making Workshop

In March 2009, Temwani Children’s Foundation sponsored a sausage-making workshop for community members in N’gombe Compound.  A food specialist taught the basics of making different meat products such as biltong (a tasty dried jerky) and French polony (similar to bologna).  The week-long workshop covered all facets of production, including the selection of meat sources, butchering, cooking, and food safety. 

Specialized equipment and supplies were purchased in order to give this community group a new source of income and a unique product to sell in the market.   Today, the group has found a location in a small market in which they will produce and sell their meat products.

Women learn to make Polony meat.
Angela Malik with Biltong, a type of jerky.