Lusaka. May 6, 2014.
United States Government Awards $35,000 to Zambian Community Organizations Lusaka — The Government of the United States of America today awarded $35,000 to Zambian community-based organizations through the United States African Development Foundation (USADF). The four grants will expand economic opportunities and improve the standard of living in communities in four provinces.
At the signing ceremony which took place at the U.S. Embassy, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires David Young praised the commitment and leadership of the grantee organizations working to improve the lives of community members through income generating activities that also bolster food security locally. He stated the U.S. Embassy is proud to provide these modest, but meaningful funding opportunities to dedicated organizations seeking their own solutions to economic shortcomings within their communities.
The U.S. government, through USADF, delivers financial support directly to Zambian organizations with sustainable, innovative ideas to serve traditionally underserved areas or populations. Grants awarded today will assist Chibelu Multipurpose Cooperative in Mungwi to begin a small scale peanut press business; fund a hammermill operation at Daughters of the Redeemer Community School in Chongwe; assist the formation of a broiler chicken farm run by Kimasala Disabled Women’s Club in Solwezi; and support the dairy cattle income generation project at the Pemba-based Mweebele Farmer’s Cooperative.
USADF is an independent U.S. government agency dedicated to providing funds that promote community-based, self-help economic and development activities in Africa. Currently, USADF operates in more than 20 African countries. Over the past 25 years, USADF has funded in excess of $200 million in African-initiated and led development projects. Since 2011, USADF small grants have benefitted 20 organizations in Zambia, supplying a total of $160,000 in support.