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 provide pesticide-treated mosquito nets to prevent malaria, which they report contracting as often as four times a year, resulting in missed work and school. Community volunteers also provide access to medicines and training in ways to safeguard against malaria and other diseases.