Creating and Strengthening Community Institutions

Location: Zambia

Functioning community institutions are essential for the sustainability of rural transformation. The possibility of thinking and acting together, and getting warmth, support, and solidarity can be the source of enormous strength for a subsistence farming village. Tevel is working with community residents in Mphande to create farmers' groups, women's groups, youth groups, collection centers, village committees, savings groups, and cooperatives. We have established a water committee to maintain and ensure the viability of the village’s new underground water resources and infrastructure. Through community institutions, the residents of Mphande will have access to government funding schemes for agricultural inputs, classrooms, and a health clinic. Community volunteers will distribute anti-malarial medicine, which they report contracting as often as four times a year, resulting in missed work and school.

A water committee of volunteers from the community has been established in Mphande, including women and youth. Besides ensuring the sustainability of the infrastructure, the committee measures the impact of the structures and keeps records of their use.

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