Greetings from Permaculture Paradise! We are delighted to share the latest stories of success and impact resulting from our ongoing efforts to support farmers in Malawi. Our mission to promote sustainable farming practices and empower communities has yielded remarkable results, and we are thrilled to witness the positive changes taking place on Chisi Island and in Southern Malawi.
On Chisi Island, which was severely affected by cyclone Freddy during the 2022-2023 rainy season, we have been working tirelessly to provide relief and recovery items to the resilient farmers who call this beautiful place home. Today, we are pleased to announce that the island has been completely transformed from a catastrophic prone area into an oasis of Paradise.
Thanks to the generous support of our donors and partners, we were able to provide critical assistance to 100 farmers on Chisi Island. We are thrilled to report that these farmers have experienced tremendous success and benefits after receiving our initial donation. The 100 bags of maize, each weighing 50 kilograms, have served as a short-term food source for the farmers while they patiently wait for their other crops to mature. Additionally, we distributed a total of 200 rabbits to all 100 farmers, ensuring that each received a pair. These rabbits have proven to be invaluable assets, as they not only provide a sustainable source of manure for compost making but also offer the opportunity for farmers to generate income by selling any surplus. Moreover, we supplied sweet potato and cassava cuttings to be planted along the lake, and provided a diverse range of crops such as roselle, maize seed, passion fruits, moringa, and polythene tubes to revive the farmers’ home gardens and tree nurseries.
The positive impact of our efforts extends beyond Chisi Island. We have expanded our reach to include the food forest project in Southern Malawi, where we recently donated 600 rabbits to 300 farmers. The objective of this initiative is to address the challenges faced by farmers in accessing chemical fertilizers. By harnessing the prolific nature of rabbits, these farmers can now produce ample manure for compost within a short period of time, while also generating income by selling any surplus. This approach not only provides an immediate solution but also promotes sustainable and organic farming practice
We are proud to announce that our project now benefits over 200 families, consisting of approximately 1,000 individuals, in Malawi. The positive feedback we have received from farmers who have already received our support has been incredibly encouraging. They have witnessed the transformation of their farms, increased yields, and improved livelihoods, all while embracing the principles of permaculture design.
In addition to our direct support for farmers, we are dedicated to sharing knowledge and promoting practical permaculture principles. We recently welcomed a diverse group of teachers, churches, and farmers to our demonstration farms in Paradise. Led by Grace Luwayo, our expert in permaculture, the visitors were taken on an insightful tour, where they learned firsthand about the benefits and applications of sustainable farming practices.
We extend our deepest gratitude to all our donors, partners, and supporters who have made these achievements possible. Your contributions have enabled us to bring hope, resilience, and sustainable solutions to communities in Malawi. Together, we are creating a brighter and greener future for all.
Stay tuned for more success stories as we continue to empower farmers and foster sustainable development in Malawi.
In Permaculture Paradise, we believe in cultivating harmony with nature, nurturing resilient communities, and inspiring a sustainable future for generations to come.