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Community Garden Greens Swaziland – and Family Finances

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IRD worked with the Nyatsini community in Swazilan to revive a community garden that had been abandoned for three years due to shortages of water and high input costs. IRD began by drilling a borehole, installing a micro-irrigation system powered by an electric water pump, and offering technical support to 25 farmers (23 women and 2 men) in vegetable production... more

Filed Under: Building Infrastructure, Food & Agriculture, Capacity Building, Economic Growth, Jobs, Natural Resource Management, Nutrition, Relief to Development, Water, Women & Gender, Africa, Swaziland

Agribusiness Expands Reach with AgriTrade Loan

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Access to farming inputs is no longer a major challenge for smallholder farmers in Masvingo province, thanks to the USAID-funded Zimbabwe Agricultural Income and Employment Development (Zim-AIED) program. Neruss Investments, a supplier of fertilizer and seed, took out a loan through ZimAIED’s AgriTrade facility to expand its operations. “There is a lot of dema... more

Filed Under: Food & Agriculture, Economic Growth, Jobs, Africa, Zimbabwe

New Lease on Life for Agro-processor

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Manica Produce Market, owned by the Sharpels family, is one of the largest traders of horticultural produce in Zimbawe’s Manicaland Province. After receiving two loans from AgriTrade, the company is set to continue its 36-year legacy. Mutare-based Manica Produce received a working capital loan for $50,000 through AgriTrade in December 2011 to purchase produce... more

Filed Under: Food & Agriculture, Economic Growth, Jobs, Africa, Zimbabwe

From Humble Beginnings, Borrower Prospers

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When Thomas Takawira started a livestock operation in the Zhombe area of Midlands Province in 2009, he planned to take advantage of the large market for poultry in the neighboring Gokwe South district. However, without capital, he could not afford adequate stockfeed and his business faced operational challenges. Relief for Takawira’s project came in the form o... more

Filed Under: Food & Agriculture, Economic Growth, Jobs, Africa, Zimbabwe

AgriTrade Increases Growth Prospects for Milling Company

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Jerald Tigere started his maize milling business in 2008, when an economic crisis had caused widespread food shortages in Zimbabwe. Although producing maize meal was a viable business, the difficult economic environment meant that profit margins were thin, and Tigere struggled to expand his operations to meet demand. Today, after benefiting from AgriTrade, t... more

Filed Under: Food & Agriculture, Economic Growth, Africa, Zimbabwe