Malawi Pig Farm Proposes to Assist Poor and Single Mothers

The Malawi Pig Farm is the brainchild or Harvey Chabinga, Senior Pastor of the 4,000 member plus Alpha Omega Church of Malawi. (Malawi is located in southeast Africa alongside the famous Lake Malawi. It is one of the poorest nations in Africa.

The church of The Living Water in Muscatine, Iowa has partnered with the Alpha Omega Church since 2008. I, Mark Anderson, pastor of the Church of the Living Water, traveled with my wife to Malawi in 2009. We stayed in Pastor Harvey's rented home, slept in his bed, ate his food, and ministered in various churches and villages. Our ministry majored on inspiring the church in Malawi to tithe, trust God and not become dependent on outside money for sustainability. We intend to serve there again in November, 2011 by teaching and monitoring progress on the farms.

We have aided the church there to start a potato farm to feed people and help take the necessary steps to self-sufficiency.

When the Malawi Pig Farm proposal arrived, I knew here was another opportunity for a nation to grow toward self-sufficiency. Please consider what God wants you to do regarding this proposal.

NOTE: The project is in two phases. The first phase involves the pigs and housing for $2,938.32. The second phase involves a truck for $10,000 for transporting the hogs to market.



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ALPHA OMEGA BIBLE CHURCH

PRIVATE BAG 146,

LILONGWE

Date 27/03/2011

PROJECT PROPOSAL: PIG FARMING

AMOUNT REQUESTED 12,938.32$

Over the last seven years Alpha Omega Bible Church in Malawi has worked tirelessly preaching the word of God to the masses all over Malawi. Alpha Omega Bible Church’s mission is to transform holistically its church members, the community it works in and bring the word of God, salvation and hope to those in despair.

In keeping with this mission the church wants to embark on a pig farming project with aim of giving economic empowerment to poor single mothers, the elderly and child headed families. However the church does not have enough funds to carry out this project hence this proposal being sent to you seeking funding for the same. MAY THE ALMIGHTY GOD BLESS YOU AS YOU READ THIS PROPOSAL.

CONTENTS

Cover Letter

1. Executive Summary 2. Problem Statement 3. Goals and Objectives 4. Project Description 5. Plan for Measuring Project Results 6. Budget Estimate 7. Organizational Background 8. Conclusion 9. Appendices

March, 23/03/11.

Dear Sir/Madam

RE: PROPOSAL FOR A PIG FARMING PROJECT

The above matter refers.

We write in submission of our proposal regarding our plan to start a pig farming project.

We are Alpha Omega Bible Church in Malawi, registered with Malawi Council of Churches which is a legitimate body which regulates affairs of Law and churches in Malawi.

We are looking for assistance in cash or in kind towards our pig farming project that is aimed at bringing economic empowerment to poor single mothers, the elderly and child headed families.

We intend to embark on this project in October 2011 or now. Our plans are to start with 60 pigs. We are estimating the total project cost to be 12,938.32 United States Dollars.

We are looking forward to hear from you soon.

Yours Faithfully,

For and on behalf of Alpha Omega Bible Church

Harvey Chabinga

(Senior Pastor)

1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Alpha Omega Bible Church in Malawi is a member of the Malawi Council of Churches .The church has been in existence for the past 7 years. The Church has a membership of 4,300 and a national wide presence. It has 29 full time pastors with 27 congregations located in its 3 territorial regions.

The church’s mission is to transform holistically its church members, the community it works in and bring the word of God, salvation and hope to those in despair.

In keeping with this mission the church intends to venture into a pig farming project to help poor single mothers, the elderly and child headed families. The project will be raising pigs and providing piglets to these people to enable them start their own pig farming business.

The project will operate as a resolving fund where all recipients of the pigs will be required to donate two piglets to another family that is next on the line.

By providing pig farming the recipients will be able to benefit financial gains and profits that will enable their households have proper food, clothing and shelter and also be able to buy medication when ill.

Since we do not have sufficient funds to efficiently carry out this project on our own, we are sending this proposal to you seeking funding for the project. May the Good God bless you immensely as you contemplate assisting us as we endeavor to bring the word of God, salvation and hope to multitudes of people that still need to be ministered to and cared for.

2. PROBLEM STATEMENT

Alpha Omega Bible Church is operating in communities where there a lot of poor singe mothers, elderly and child headed families. These people are economically helpless and hopeless to the extent that they do not have money and or material resources that they could use to support their households by providing nutritive food, medication and proper clothing for themselves and also providing to their own children/siblings in time of need.

The problem has been made worse by the HIV/Aids scourge. A lot of children are also being left with the responsibility of fetching for their siblings.

These families are really desperate as they have no where to turn to for their daily needs. They look to the church as the only institution to help them out of their predicament. However Alpha Omega does not have enough funds to meet the needs of these people whose population is growing by the day.

To address this problem the church agreed to introduce a pig farming project. The project is designed to be giving training to these poor households on basic animal husbandry and other business related subjects and then provide them with start up piglets.

By providing pig farming to the single mothers, the elderly and child headed families they will be able to benefit financial gains and profits that will enable their households have proper food, clothing and shelter and also be able to be buying medication when ill.

However, the project is capital intensive in its initial phase, as it will require construction of housing for the pigs (piggeries) and other necessary structures to support the project. As well as employing/hiring Agricultural Trainers who will be teaching these families basic animal husbandry techniques and other related business techniques.

As a church we presently do not have sufficient funds to effectively carry out the project. We have however have the land, and ready to do labor to kick start the initial phase of the project and we are looking for 2000$ United States Dollars. Or less as per availability of funds

It is with this in mind that Alpha Omega Bible Church decided to write this proposal seeking funding in part or for the whole outstanding budget shortfall.

3. GOALS AND OBJECTS

The project is aimed at bringing financial independence to these poor single mothers, the elderly and child headed families. The project has been designed to reach out to as many people as possible within a short period of time.

Pig farming has been singled out because pigs reproduce at a faster rate. Pig meat is currently on high demand while its local production is very low. It was felt after careful studies that a pig farming project will have long term self sustaining effects in terms of solving the problems which these people face on a daily basis which include lack of financial security, nutritive food and proper shelter since the pigs will be continuously reproducing.

The project has been designed to be a revolving project where the recipients of the piglets will be expected to give two piglets back to the project after the piglets that they received have given birth. These piglets will then be given to another family who will be expected to observe the same process. After giving back the two piglets the remaining pigs and all piglets/pigs that will follow will be theirs.

The research that we carried out found that if the families can take good care of two piglets, within a period of two years they can have a minimum of 8 pigs. We estimated that if we start with 30 families each getting 2 piglets in two years time we will reach a minimum of 80 families or more.

To this end we have already identified a piece of land on which we want to construct a small pig farm and a demonstration school. We have also already drawn building plans for the piggeries.

However the project starting date will depend on availability of funds to role out the same effectively.

4. PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The proposed project is a pig farming project. The project aims at giving economic empowerment to poor single mothers, the elderly and child headed families. Funds’ permitting the project has been earmarked to start in October 2011.

The first part of the Project will involve construction of a small pig farm (pig houses), and an office block.

After completion of this phase, the first 30 beneficiaries will be recruited to undergo an intensive training in basic good animal husbandry practices/feed making; business management/book keeping; marketing and entrepreneurship skills.

After completion of the training the beneficiaries will be given two piglets each that they will have to look after. Once the piglets are grown up and have given birth, the beneficiaries will be required to give back two piglets to the project. The project will in turn give the same to another set of beneficiaries who will have undergone the same training.

After giving back the two piglets the original two pigs and all other piglets if any will be the property of the beneficiary.

There will be a punishment for beneficiaries who sell or lose the piglets that they have been given through carelessness on their part. A committee will be set up to ascertain causes of death of the pigs or any disappearance of the same. It will be this committee that will determine action to be taken against such beneficiaries. The recommended punishment if the beneficiary is proved to be at fault is to reimburse the project of the cost of the piglet or the two piglets if all die or are lost.

While the beneficiaries are taking care of the pigs the project will be looking for markets where the beneficiaries shall be selling their pigs. As well as monitoring activities of the beneficiaries and other related out reach services such as vaccinations and artificial inseminations. Once the beneficiaries are established in business, these services will be at a fee to generate income for the project.

To make the project self sustaining it has been agreed that the project should have its own commercial side, where it will be producing and selling piglets to established beneficiaries who want to grow their business as well as to any one else who wants to buy the same.

The project will also offer training on a limited basis to those that can afford to pay to for the same. The project shall also venture into meat production once the first batch of piglets that it shall be using for demonstration at the project have become fully grown up and past their usage at the project.

5. PLAN FOR MEASURING PROJECT RESULTS.

We will measure our Project by the numerous targets that we have set within the project. The Pig Farming Committee has been given targets to be met in terms of, funds to be sourced, quality of work and outreach offered and impact the project will make on the beneficiaries.

The Project Committee will submit a project report every month to the main church committee and to donors of the project.

The Project Committee we will keep detailed, accurate and complete records of funds sourced and expenditures made towards the project.

Upon request, the project committee will provide an audited financial statement of the income and expenditure related to the funds sourced from donors by an independent certified public accountant as documentation that the funds are spent on the purposes for which it was provided.

Further, the main church committee will be closely involved with the project work and will meet monthly to monitor and evaluate progress on the project and to review reports from the project committee and make recommendations.

6. BUDGET ESTIMATE

ITEM AMOUNT

Purchase of Land, already existing

Labour (Do Our selves)

Purchase of 60 piglets 2000$

Medication /vaccines 250$

Construction of Piggeries, (done by ourselves)

Feed 40 Bags 688.32$

2 ton truck

10,000$

TOTAL12,938.32$



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7. ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND

History: In 2002, Pastor Harvey Chabinga with two family friends started what they called family bible sharing meetings, which they were holding every Thursday evening. The meetings were bringing together three families; they were sharing the word of God and giving each other assignment on particular topics to be shared at the next meeting. As time went by neighboring families began to join the meetings and out of these meetings was born the Alpha Omega Church in 2003.

Today, 8 years later, Alpha Omega a church which started with an initial membership of 35 has a membership of 4,623.00 with a presence national wide. The Church has trained 17 pastors and 12 are lay pastors that are serving in its 27 congregations.

Mission: Alpha Omega Bible Church’s mission is to transform holistically its church members, the community it works in and bring the word of God, salvation and hope to those in despair.

8. CONCLUSION

We hope God has touched you as you were reading this proposal. It is our sincere hope and belief that you will find it in you to share your blessings with us as we endeavor to touch multitudes of people that still needs Gods intervention.

We undertake to be accountable for every penny that you donate towards this project. The project books will be accessible to everyone interested to check, audit and evaluated the project.It is our prayer that God will bless you as you make the decision to donate. Make your donations to our Alpha Omega Bible Church Account No. 0121222549100 Standard Bank Malawi Ltd, Old Town Branch Lilongwe Malawi. May the Almighty God bless you and we thank you for taking your time to read this proposal.



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