Alwaleed Philanthropies “Global” Extends Collaboration with KickStart International Enterprise to Aid Youth Farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa with Irrigation Equipment Amidst COVID-19
Successful Strategies for Reducing Poverty
Alwaleed Philanthropies "Global” renewed their partnership with Kickstart with the aim of improving the livelihoods of farming families in Nigeria, Malawi, and Mozambique during the COVID-19 pandemic. The focus is on women and youth, and we are committed to enhancing their immediate response to the challenges they face by providing them with the tools and resources they need to build prosperous and resilient livelihoods. The project has had a significant impact on poverty reduction, with a total of 45,000 people being lifted out of poverty so far. In 2021 alone, the project has benefitted 66,000 people, resulting in the creation of 1,000 profitable farming enterprises.
What do we Aim to Achieve?
The project aims to assist the most vulnerable communities globally by improving the living standards of rural women and youth, expanding livelihood opportunities, and increasing food production capacities in Nigeria, Malawi, and Mozambique. The goal is to respond to the pressing need for increased incomes and climate resilience, which has arisen due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Impact is Strong!
The partnership between Alwaleed Philanthropies “Global” and Kickstart International Enterprise accomplished a significant feat by delivering 1,632 irrigation pumps to smallholder farmers and rural entrepreneurs. Specifically, 632 pumps were delivered to farmers in Nigeria, resulting in over 1,900 people climbing out of poverty. In Mozambique, 502 pumps were delivered to farmers, lifting over 1,900 people out of poverty. In Malawi, 498 pumps were delivered to farmers, along with training and tools that are expected to lift an estimated 1,900 individuals out of poverty. These accomplishments are a result of the partnership's desire to support communities most in need worldwide by improving the conditions of rural women and young people, expanding livelihoods, and increasing food production capacities. Moreover, the partnership responded to the urgent need for increased incomes and climate resilience created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Success Story- Changing Lives
Alufina Andisson, a resident of a rural community in Mozambique, supported her large family by cultivating rain-fed beans, maize, and groundnuts, earning only $434 USD annually. To supplement her income, she worked as a street trader in her spare time. In December 2020, Alufina was selected as an ideal beneficiary for a MoneyMaker irrigation pump through KickStart's partnership with MLT, which leveraged the unused water resources on her farm. She established a large, irrigated garden and sold thriving Irish potatoes, mustard greens, and covo at the nearby Domue Market. After acquiring the pump, Alufina turned her farm into a profitable business and tripled her annual farming income to an estimated $1,283 USD in just one season. Alufina intends to diversify into high-value crops and save her earnings to build a bigger house for her family.