Frequently Asked Questions
Question: End Hunger, Really?
Answer: Yes, and we know how impossible that sounds! In Malawi there are three seasons, the rainy season, the dry season and the hunger season. Traditionally in Malawi food is grown in the rainy season Nov - Feb, but due to drought, flooding or even if a good harvest is realized by September the food has dwindled. When food can be grown in the dry season that food supply is supplemented and the additional food can be sold bringing income to the farmers. By ending the hunger season, families are food secure and we can honestly quote one of the daughters of a farmer who said “Hunger is no longer a visitor to our village!”
Question: Do we train the farmers to make all the types of pumps or just some of them?
Answer: We manufacture the windmills that can irrigate up to 6 acres. We train the farmers how to assemble the hand crank rope and washer pumps out of materials they can easily find in their trading centers.
Question: After farmers know how to use the irrigation pumps, how do we help them on the growing side?
Answer: Farmers are invited to participate in a 4 year training program that focuses on the following:
Club Formation & Leadership Training
Disease & Pest Control, Land Preparation
Plot layout & Planting
Procurement of Farm Inputs
Water Pumps, Irrigation Water Management & Scheduling
Principals of Conservation Agriculture
Question: Since we already have a footprint, will we be implementing this in the same area we are already working or another area?
Answer: We will use the direction of the Government Agriculture Development Department in the selection of target areas that meet our requirements.
Question: Do female heads of household use the pumps?
Answer: Yes, they use the pumps because these pumps allow them to reach a sustainable income level.
Question: How do you spend the donations that your receive?
Answer: 95% of the budget goes directly towards trainings and irrigation technology. 5% of the budget is used for audits, fees and raising awareness.