Fund Projects That Villages Choose
because everyone deserves democracy and development


meet the villages
people
people helped

42,145

in Malawi, Africa

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dev score impact

+138%

from 2014 to 2017

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cost per person

$1.08

per year

Fund Projects That Villages Choose

because everyone deserves democracy and development

Nearly 400 million people (and growing) live in extreme poverty in rural Africa. We're changing that with a model that celebrates village democracy, direct giving, and data analysis.

How It Works

Villages choose projects

Search the projects page or interactive map for tenacious villages battling extreme poverty in rural Africa. Find a village-led development project that speaks to you.

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You help fund them

Make a donation directly to a rural village that not only identifies local solutions to its biggest problems, but also contributes labor, materials, and, importantly, cash.

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We send you updates

Enjoy email updates with pictures and data from the field providing a vivid accounting of how your donations change development outcomes for rural Africans.

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Featured Projects

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Build a Nursery School fiber_new
Chinganji Village

$728 out of $2000

Locals Contributed: $100

Build a Teacher House fiber_new
Makunula Village

$220 out of $2000

Locals Contributed: $100

Grow More Food timeline
Chikumbu Village (since 2015)

$100 out of $2000

Locals Contributed: $100


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On November 8, 2018, 400 people celebrated the opening of the teacher house at Chisawani Primary School in Manyumba Village. The guest of honor was Mr. Hapala, a government official from the district education office. The celebration included traditional dances, poems, dramatic comedy, and speeches. Organizers announced that Simon Dailesi, Deputy Principal at Chisawani Primary School, will reside in the house with his family. In addition to helping Mr. Dailesi and his family, the teacher house will make faculty members more accessible to the community, promote evening classes, and improve school security.
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On October 26, 2018, Siyabu Village received 42 bags of urea fertilizer. It was decided to distribute that fertilizer to the 42 least affluent families in the village accounting for about 40% of all households. The families will use the fertilizer, often in combination with natural manure like goat droppings, to help grow a bountiful maize crop. Although Malawi has suffered several years of unpredictable maize harvests (due to floods and droughts), we are hopeful that, this year, good rains and fertilizer will yield a bumper crop.
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On October 26, 2018, Nakhwala Village received 42 bags of urea fertilizer. Nakhwala decided to distribute that fertilizer to the 42 least affluent families in the village, accounting for about 13% of all households. The families will use the fertilizer, often in combination with natural manure like goat droppings, to help grow a bountiful maize crop. Although Malawi has suffered several years of unpredictable maize harvests (due to floods and droughts), we are hopeful that, this year, good rains and fertilizer will yield a bumper crop.
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Our local partner EZ Borehole drilled a deep water well at Balakasi Village, Malawi, starting and finishing in early October 2018. The water was tested and declared clean for drinking purposes. On October 19, 2018, after letting the cement around the borehole dry and harden, the community gathered to open the well. Village X Field Officers Myson Jambo, Alfred Piyo, and Bernard Dickson were in attendance to celebrate with Balakasi.
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On October 19, 2018, Balakasi Village completed the nursery school and held a ceremony to mark the occasion. Festivities included singing, dancing, and speeches. Field officers Myson Jambo, Alfred Piyo, and Bernard Dickson were in attendance. Many children will receive early childhood education in preparation for primary school. The community also announced that, every Friday afternoon, the school will host a mobile clinic to provide vaccinations, weight checks, and counseling to children under the age of 5.
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