Fana Kafu - A Women's Farming Co-op

2 years ago I set up a crowdfund campaign to raise money for my friend Janko so that he could start a business. Thanks to your donations, today Janko runs his own shop and brings in a regular income to support himself and his family.

Recently Janko got in touch again and introduced me to Fana Kafu, a farmers co-operative run entirely by a hardworking group of women in his village. They have been running the co-op for 10 years now, with literally no resources other than the earth beneath their feet. Everything is done by hand, including carrying water from a shallow well. Because of this, crops often fail due to lack of water, despite the best efforts of the group.

Inspired by the success of his own crowdfund, Janko wanted to see if the women of Fana Kafu could also benefit from a similar campaign. He and his friend interviewed the women and asked them what they needed to make their lives easier. The answers were so simple, and so achievable.

One: They want to build a proper fence to keep out the cows. The fence they have is made of grass and as soon as their crops start getting tasty, the cows burst through and eat the lot!

Two: They want a bore-hole, a pump, and a water tank. This way they can ensure they always have water for the crops, easily available at the turn of a tap.

Three: They need some basic tools

They've calculated they need £3000 for all of this. The money will be spent on:

£500  Fence
£600  Borehole
£150  Tank
£100  Stand for tank
£125  Generator
£125  Pump
£170  Solar Panel
£600  Solar Pump
£100  Pipes
£20    Taps
£50    Watering Cans
£50    Spades
£20    Hoes
£350 Labour

This is not a case of a lack of knowledge, willpower, or expertise. It’s a simple matter of lack of funds. These women know what they need, they just can’t afford it. That’s why Janko came to me and asked me to help set up this crowdfund.

It’s easy to become disillusioned with big charities, hassling you in the street, competing for your generosity. But this is a direct request for help from a group of amazingly hard working women. Help to realise something so simple, so achievable, that it would break my heart not to see it happen.

So, if you can help with a donation, no matter how small, please do. And share this campaign with your friends on social media. If we all pitch in, this seed of an idea could be transforming the lives of these women and their families for years to come.



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Billy Salisbury 
Bristol, South West England, United Kingdom
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