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Center for Agricultural Development Partner Project
This newly-emerging, informal center works directly with the Tanzanian smallholder farmer through hands-on experiential learning to enhance their overall productivity, profitability, and well-being. Collaborators include: Western Iowa Synod, Southern Diocese, Iowa State University Extension, Sokoine University of Agriculture, and the Uyole Agricultural Research and Training Institute. Both the WIS and the SD are highly comprised of agricultural constituents, providing much opportunity to connect as children of God in this arena. While making CAD eventually self-sustaining is a priority goal, support for this multi-cultural, multi-dimensional, multi-partnered project at this stage of the project is most certainly needed.
Please contact Cindy Wells, WIS Global Programs Coordinator, with any questions or needs you may have (firstname.lastname@example.org; 712-732-4968 Ext 441).
Responding to Those in Need Through the Expanding Center for Agricultural Development Program
More about this great opportunity can be seen below
BORING !!???!! The Western Iowa Synod is thrilled to embark upon a partnership with Iringa Hope as we begin two new SACCOs (Savings and Credit Cooperative Organizations--i.e., micro-financing) in the Southern Diocese of Tanzania. Iringa Hope is a US, not-profit corporation dedicated to alleviating poverty in rural Tanzania by providing capital for small loans to farmers and shopkeepers. Iringa Hope correlates with the St. Paul Synod and its companion synod work in the Iringa Diocese, just to the north of our Southern Diocese in Tanzania, and is one of the most successful micro-financing organizations in all of Tanzania. It is a key component of our Center for Agricultural Development initiative for, without access to credit, it is nearly impossible to implement any of the improved production practices that CAD showcases. Each SACCO has a start-up cost of $6,000 for training, supplies, leadership development, etc.
Some of this is considered "boring" work...tedious, time-consuming, slow-impacting, etc. But what a difference it makes. Read the article by Dan Currell entitled, The Boring Stuff, to better understand the purpose and value of BORING
The below photos were taken from the Iringa Hope Newsletter - they accompanied The Boring Stuff post.
CAD SACCOS LEAD GIFT CAMPAIGN!
The Center for Agricultural Development (CAD) recognizes the challenge for smallholder farmers in accessing financial credit to implement any enhancements in farming practices. Without such access, CAD efforts to enhance smallholder productivity, profitability and dignity are greatly thwarted. CAD is therefore seeking to establish SACCOS micro-finance groups through the Iringa Hope Joint SACCOS program (established in the nearby Iringa Diocese whose partner is the St. Paul Area Synod in Minnesota). Read more about this opportunity below.