Everyone who shops at Kasese Trading Post knows Goodwell Chimwanza, the tinsmith. He is always smiling; hard at work.
Agriculture & Business
Orant Charities Africa is dedicated to sustainably supporting our community through farming skill development and various microloan programs. Our programs focus on supporting women and farmers to help them build a better life for their families.
Over 80% of the population of Malawi is rural. Malawi’s economy is largely agrarian. More importantly, many of the people in our operation areas are subsistence farmers. They farm to survive and only sell what little they have left. The importance of farming and agriculture in Malawi cannot be overstated.
Currently, our Agriculture & Business Programs are separated into Business or Microloan Programs and Farming Programs.
Orant sponsors and manages 14 irrigation clubs in our Kasese operations area. These clubs are supplied with the skills and supplies necessary to plant and harvest multiple crops per year, helping them develop prosperity and wealth.
FEM for Women
Our FEM for Women Program supports local women entrepreneurs with microloans. These loans financially empower women in the community and at home. Many of our members improve their family’s living situation and pay for their childrens’ schooling with their profits.
We have been supporting the Bowe Mission Farmer’s Association (BOMFA) since Orant Charities Africa was founded. BOMFA is a farmers cooperative that organizes seed and fertilizer distribution to its farmers and helps them sell and transport their crops in bulk. BOMFA supports farmer clubs and contributes to building a more stable community.
Orant Demonstration Farm Plot
Orant Charities Africa’s campus has a 33-acre farm plot which is used to demonstrate proper farming techniques and correct use of fertilizer and seeds to local farmers. This ensures that farmers have access to the latest information and farming techniques in Malawi so their yields can be as high as possible.
Stories From The Field
Women Village Savings and Loan (VS&L) Groups cultivate a savings mindset in female entrepreneurs in Central Malawi.
The Orant Farm supports 10 households with farming acreage, business training, and agriculture advice. Soon, the farmers will form a co-op.
When bad weather affect the fields, food security is affected. Orant distributes maize in February and March to farmers in rural Malawi.
Orant has given Madisi Cooperative a loan of 2 million kwacha for the 2021/2022 growing season. The loan has a low-interest rate of only 3%.
Orant removes the barrier of impossible interest rates. Our FEM Program provides no-interest loans. Edilina Joshua is a FEM member.
After a long wait and frightening drought, the rains in Malawi started at last. Then Tropical Storm Ana blew into Malawi, flooding fields.
Last week, the president of Malawi encouraged 7 days of prayer for an end to the country’s dry spell. So what’s going on? Here’s the scoop.
Patricia Simbi escaped an abusive marriage. With the help of financially empowering microloans, she started her own business.