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Small Scale Livestock Livelihoods Program
Approved to post Kiva loans from: Malawi
Small Scale Livestock and Livelihoods Program (SSLLP) Malawi is an indigenous, local non-governmental organization that provides low-income families with the means to combat poverty in a sustainable and long-term manner.
Established in 1996, the NGO provides families with various types of livestock, including dairy cows, goats, pigs, chickens, fish and honeybees. In doing this, SSLLP hopes to contribute to the socio-economic empowerment of resource poor and vulnerable families.
A unique lending approach:
SSLLP targets smallholder farmers with one hectare or less of land living in Malawi. The organization believes its programs cut across a wide range of crucial issues affecting the lives of smallholder farmers.
It delivers its services through the Heifer International model of “passing on the gift,” which allows families to become positive agents of change in their communities when primary recipients distribute the first breeding offspring of an animal to secondary recipients.
SSLLP hopes to give families the opportunity to start piggery businesses, and provide them with two sows, one boar, materials for the construction and housing for pigs and a start-up veterinary kit. With Kiva’s support, SSLLP will be able to expand their target audience, provide a wider range of products, and promote sustainable livelihoods for the resource poor.