SUSTAINABILITY PROJECTS

Aid.Sustain.Dignity


Our dual aid and sustain model of care nested within a larger all encompassing principle of honouring human dignity which informs the way the two project categories aid and sustain are conducted at every level.

Project: Income generation projects (IGP)

This project recognises the unique strengths and experience of individuals, and empowers them to generate an income and become self-sufficient. Income generation projects include small scale goats or chicken farming; creating jewellery, soap, bags and mats; growing fruit and vegetables; producing baked goods; and establishing a street store.

Individuals invest their profits to purchase further materials, and maintain a sustainable enterprise. Our team provides ongoing support to identify issues early and develop solutions, and teach budgeting and enterprise skills.

An example IGP:

Tina Matsenjwa is an example of an income generation success story. She has AIDS and lives in extreme poverty in a rural part of the Lubombo region. She is a warmperson who cares for 6 children.

PDI supported Tina to establish an income generation project, where she goes across the border to Mozambique [NN1] and purchases fish. She brings them back and sells them to her community. She has done so well that she has sent her children to school and set up electricity in her home. Through our Tandla Tiyagezana (Pay It Forward concept) she gives at least one fish to a local Gogo (Grandma) down the road – to extend the chain of kindness….

The video below shows the day that PDI purchased a freezer as a cold storage area for the fish she sells…

https://youtu.be/ctuIfapG9Kc

Project: Empowerment Packages

Empowerment Packages give extremely disadvantaged families the chance to live dignified, self-sufficient lives. Each package includes: housing, a clean water supply, IGP, agricultural project and ‘pay it forward’ concept.

Project: Community Champions

One of the challenges of working in remote communities is access to essential services. Poor quality roads, high costs of petrol andvehicle repairs, long distances and inclement weather, make it difficult for our team to frequently visit clients spread across numerous remote communities.

Community Champions help to address the challenge of remote work. These local change agents live in and intimately know their communities - the families living there, their relationship dynamics, and specific challenges facing the community.

The Community Champions Project started in late 2016. Our female champions follow up Income Generation Projects, support unwell individuals,  identify new clients with acute needs and regularly update our field team on the health status or needs of existing clients.

We currently have two established Community Champions – Make Shongwe (who also coordinates the Matsetsa Soup Kitchen and Swazi Innovators for Change) and Make Tenjiwe. We aim to employ three more female leaders in Mpolonjeni, Sitsatsaweni and Lubhuku.

Project: Swazi Innovators for Change

Aim: To facilitate poverty alleviation through economic empowerment of Swazi women

Objectives:

  • To support income generation and empowerment of Swazi women, and indirectly, their families and communities
  • To develop budgeting and enterprise skills among innovative Swazi women

From mid-2017 onwards, Matsetsa women began gathering at the soup kitchen to create crafts. Some women had learnt the art from their mothers, and a few teachers emerged in the group. Soon the women approached PDI with a proposal to upscale this enterprise: the Swazi Innovators for Change project.

This project involves a large group of grandmothers and women at the soup kitchen creating jewellery, hats, bags and grass sleeping mats on a large scale and selling these in bulk to generate income. Swazi Innovators for Change represents the transition from emergency food aid to community ownership and sustainable economic empowerment, by building on the success of the Matsetsa soup kitchen and established community relationships.

In 2018 this project is funded by Universal Charitable Fund (UCF) www.ucf.org.au. UCF focuses on awarding grants to those small charities where "local heroes" do a great job and where small grants have a strong multiplier effect thanks to the input of volunteers.

Project: Sitsatsaweni Farm

Sitsatsaweni Farm is the brainchild of PDI’s local Swazi team. After months of consultation, the land for the farm was given to us by the elders of the Sitsatsaweni village. Donations will go towards seeds, farming equipment & tools, irrigation, labor & ploughing costs, a storage building, fencing, transport of mealie meal (maize) to families, and vehicle maintenance.

Our team have begun growing maize and other crops on this land to provide emergency food aid for elderly people, pregnant women and malnourished children. This will reduce our need to purchase maize every year, empowering a self-sustaining community and reducing reliance on donations. Check out photos of our first maize harvest!

Support this sustainability project here: https://www.gofundme.com/pdi-sitsatsaweni-appeal (opens in a new window)

Read more about the future plans for this Farm at the Future Projects page

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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