Precious Life Foundation’s Outgrower Project
Bio-intensive, organic agricultural techniques are taught to women, who pass on their knowledge to the community. Local smallholder farmers are provided inputs and encouraged to adopt the techniques, and contribute financially to the project by providing labour,contributing to running costs, or by returning some of their produce to Precious Life.
The enterprise acts as an intermediary between local farmers and the national market, selling on produce as well as secondary products like heirloom seeds. All profits are reinvested into the project. As a flow-on effect, the project addresses desertification in the Matabeleland region through promoting a more sustainable way of farming.
Precious Life Foundation is running a women’s shelter that includes several training courses and an agricultural centre. The Foundation runs and facilitates the Outgrower Project.
The Rotary Club of Bulawayo has provided a matching grant that has enabled Precious Life to purchase a pickup truck, build a reservoir, a shelter, two classrooms and a lodge on their premises.
The Ministry of Women's Affairs, Gender and Community Development has provided expertise in sack potato production. Continued expertise has been promised.
Mind the Gap is a non-profit organisation that helps Precious Life with marketing and sales for its agricultural products.
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