The inspiring story of a driven man together with a caring team supporting dreams to improve the quality of life of those less fortunate.
The Marissa Nel & Associates team understands that responsible and sustainable CSI can have a significant impact, offering opportunities for economic and social progress.
Through our Malawi clinics and partners, we met a humble yet driven pensioner; Mr. Hammy Phiri.
Mr. Phiri was growing maize, groundnuts, and tobacco for additional income. In 2010, Mr. Phiri applied for commutation on his pension to purchase a generator and irrigation pipes to expand his farming activities.
Mr. Phiri was selected as a beneficiary of a RMA Pensioner project which commits to investing in skills and infrastructure and as a result provide an economic value to dependents, communities and to the economy as a whole.
The mobile prosthetic team initiated and implemented a vegetable project in 2011 in labour; sending resources to assist with food security and Mr Phiri was fortunate to be one of the beneficiaries. The strategy is to create sustainability through education and training, enterprise development and infrastructure.
Mr. Phiri soon became passionate about growing vegetables and extended his farm operations. He benefited from receiving the necessary implements, seeds and support from Marissa Nel & Associates and field workers, who also assisted him with new methods of organic farming. He was now in a position to triple his income from his farming activities.
He had additional farm land available, and in 2014, made a further request to Marissa Nel & Associates and RMA, for assistance for additional irrigation piping; to extend his farming capacity which would create additional employment opportunities. Ten women in his community received the required skills transfer, and the project grew further with the entire community benefiting.
The sustainability of the project is a vital element to us, so in 2019 we identified a further opportunity for the growth of the project through upskilling a rural marginalised group of women within the community who relied on subsistence farming dependant on a rain fed system.
Mushroom farming proves to be a sustainable means of breaking the poverty cycle. If properly grown and cared for, the mushrooms fetch high prices. And another direct benefit is the combating of malnutrition as mushroom is source of many vitamins. The project has been hugely successful, and It has received community/ political recognition.
We salute Mr. Phiri who did not allow his disability to hinder his passion for his community!