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Mushaukwa from Zambia now has his own cassava processing plant thanks to Caritas Czech Republic
April 14, 2022 Humanitární pomoc a rozvojová spolupráce Charity ČR

Mushaukwa from Zambia now has his own cassava processing plant thanks to Caritas Czech Republic

Mushaukwa Bravo Kabombo is a farmer from Zambia's Western Province who has been growing cassava for many years. But for a long time he struggled with preserving it because he could not afford to buy the necessary equipment. He also wished to grow cassava on a larger scale and make it his a full-time job. Caritas Czech Republic helped Mushaukwa acquire the necessary equipment and supported his efforts to set up his own small business.

Irumva can now better manage her finances thanks to DAFI and Caritas
March 17, 2022 News

Irumva can now better manage her finances thanks to DAFI and Caritas

Growing up as a refugee girl, for Irumva Emma Triphine, luck was something she was never familiar with. She never thought she would have to acquire skills in financial management due to lack of money, let alone think of getting into university. Thanks to the DAFI Scholarship Programme being implemented by Caritas Czech Republic that covers both tuition and living allowances for refugee students, Irumva was able to get into university and afford to cover her basic needs.

How Caritas Czech Republic is Supporting the Development of Value Chains in Western Zambia
March 2, 2022 News

How Caritas Czech Republic is Supporting the Development of Value Chains in Western Zambia

In a quest to radically change the face of local businesses for struggling small-holder farmers in Western Province, one of the least developed regions of Zambia, Caritas Czech Republic has been working with local agri-business enthusiasts dedicated to fighting the odds and increasing agricultural productivity and value addition through innovative approaches.  The project, funded by Czech Development Agency and supported by the Zambian government as well as Czech and Zambian universities, specifically focuses on mango, cassava and organic fertilizer value chains. So far, the project has supported over 180 smallholder farmers involved in agriculture production and helped five local visionaries build brand new processing plants.

How Miyombo bought his first cows thanks to Caritas Czech Republic's ‘Saving for Change’ programme
February 11, 2022 News

How Miyombo bought his first cows thanks to Caritas Czech Republic's ‘Saving for Change’ programme

It is estimated that 82.5% of smallholder farmers in Zambia own at least one type of livestock. But despite this large percentage, it is still not easy for local people living in the rural parts of the country to own livestock because they cannot afford it. Thanks to Caritas Czech Republic in Zambia and the World Food Programme for introducing the savings group initiative, Miyombo Miyombo is now a proud owner of two cows.

Businesses Affected By COVID-19 Bounce Back After a Cash Injection from Caritas Czech Republic
December 17, 2021 News

Businesses Affected By COVID-19 Bounce Back After a Cash Injection from Caritas Czech Republic

The COVID-19 shock has been severe and widespread across businesses, with a persistent negative impact on sales. Small businesses particularly local traders across Zambia gravely felt the brunt of the financial dislocations with most small businesses completely shutting down, condemning hundreds of families into abject poverty. These businesses have bounced back after receiving grants from Caritas Czech Republic in Zambia, through the cash-based multi-sectoral Intervention initiative project.