Women’s Empowerment Farm Project
Before installing the solar power system, the women of the Zimbabwe Farm Project were often forced to hand-water the fields because power was out. Since the irrigation system is powered by a submersible pump, when there is no electricity, the pump doesn’t work. Now that the project has solar power, a proven renewable energy solution, water is available on-demand to irrigate the fields.
One chick, two chicks, three chicks, more… We purchased 100 chicks for the poultry farm operation. Our poultry manager, Keresenzia Maponga, is charged with training other women how to care for the chicks, harvesting the eggs which are sold locally, and ensuring the health of the flock. They are so cute!!!!
After the fields have been plowed and disced the next planting of crops can begin. To plant potatoes, ridging needs to be done. Also called “earthing up” it mounds the soil. It can be done with a tractor attachment; however, it is sometimes easier to rent an ox plow. Ridging enables the potato plants to stay upright as they grow and also facilitates keeping weeds and pests which damage the potatoes. After the ridging is complete the women will begin planting.