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Mustard Seed Fund Zambia
  • Chipata, Zambia
Organization Description
Mustard Seed Fund Zambia is a Community Based Organization working with women to help them break the cycle of poverty at household level and create community wealth.

By providing access to collateral-free loans, training and education through peer groups, run by community-level programs- impoverished rural and slum women experience immediate outcomes of launching micro enterprises, increasing their skills, and improving their ability to access traditional financing with success. The impacts from these include: increased income, improved household savings/assets, improved standards of living (health, education, wealth). Additionally, MSF's model produces a 'ripple effect' on women and their communities. Women with improved skills and self confidence become better advocates for themselves, their families, and their communities. The larger community improves exponentially through increased employment, expanded local trade, and the creation of community wealth.

Our programs include:

Training Program

Mustard See Fund Zambia provides training to impoverished women in rural and slum communities of Zambia in business skills and record keeping. The training helps women to be ready to run an enterprise once the loan is approved.

The training includes:

School Lunch Program

The Sancta Maria Mission lies along the banks of the Zambezi River in the Lukulu District in the Western Province of the country of Zambia. It was established in 1936 by Fr. Phelem O’Shea, a Capuchin priest. Placing education (especially the education of the girl-child) high in their priorities the Capuchins began building schools in Lukulu. In 1984, due to a shortage of personnel the Capuchins pulled out of Zambia leaving the Sancta Maria Mission in the hands of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI’s) who with the help of the Parish Council still today manage the needs of the people there.

In 2008, MSPP responded to a request from the OMI’s and the parish council of the Sancta Maria Mission to help establish a school lunch program. The goal of the School Lunch Program is to provide 130- 150 students at the St Columba’s Secondary School Lukulu, Zambia with lunch and in some instances, breakfast. The school is a day school for both boys and girls grade 8-12, run by the Christian Brothers on behalf of the Sancta Maria Mission. The students who attend the school travel from neighboring villages some of which are as far as 100 miles away. The students must then depend on relatives who live in Lukulu to house them during the week. Those who are orphaned or do not have relatives living in Lukulu are forced to rent huts on the outskirts of town which have no running water, electricity or proper security. This leaves them (especially the girls) particularly vulnerable and without the resources needed to provide themselves with nutritious meals. This in turn can impede their ability to learn. This program is monitored by the parish council at the Sancta Maria Mission in Lukulu, Zambia.

The School Lunch Program is a collaborative effort of MSPP, Oblates of Mary Immaculate, the Christian Brothers and the Parish council at the Sancta Maria Mission to bring peace through justice to a small group of youth by addressing their need for proper nutrition. The program is being monitored and supervised by the parish council of the mission. They will receive reports on the academic success and physical progress of each child benefitting from the program.

Each child will also be given the opportunity to communicate their feelings about the program to the parish council. Finally, there will be detailed reports on how the money is being spent supported by lunch receipts and payment vouchers.

In 2009, this program was funded through fundraising events, private donations and partnerships created with two other non-profit organizations, Chefs for Humanity and All for Africa. “Chefs for Humanity is an alliance of culinary professionals working in partnership with U.S. and global organizations to provide nutrition education, hunger relief and humanitarian aid to reduce hunger in the world.” This organization was founded by celebrity Iron Chef, Cat Cora. “All for Africa is a 501(c)(3) non –profit organization that serves as a platform for individuals, corporations and other organizations to actively get involved in, design and coordinate economically sustainable projects in Africa”

In 2010, we received funding from the Angela Merici Fund to help us with our commitment to improving the lives of the youth at the mission.
MSPP believes that by working together and sharing our vision, we can maximize the impact of our individual goals and missions.

Resource Library

When MSPP found out that the only text books the students at the Sancta Maria Mission had were notes taken by previous students we set out to find a solution to this problem. Out of the simple question, “What do you do with your old text books?” a resource library was born. A small room at the mission was designated as the library and donations of books from Evangelical School located in Godfrey, IL and Godfrey Recycling were well received by the teachers and students at the mission. We will continue to collect children’s books, resource books and old textbooks to ship to Zambia. Our hope is to create a culture of reading in the youth of that country.
Education, Women, Business
Skills Needed
Business Development , Micro finance , Accounts, Adult Literacy , Finance , Proposal & Fund raising , Website Developer , Marketing & Communication , Students , Program Development
Accommodation Provided - Minimum Stay: 3 weeks
Average Cost per Week ($USD)
$180 per week
Estimate only - contact this Organization for actual costs to Volunteer
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • 3 Meals per Day
  • Homestay
  • Local Transport
  • Airport Pickup and Drop Off
  • Internet

Costs do not include Flights, Visas, Vaccinations, Insurance, Spending Money, 2-Meals-per-Day, 1-Meal-per-Day, Volunteer-Hostel
Francis Mbewe
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