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Our Vision For all Malawian communities to have the ability and knowledge to creatively pursue their own path towards achieving food security and diversity, economic stability, and productive healthy environments.

Our Mission To demonstrate and advocate for low-input, income generating permaculture and agroecology systems; to extend these systems into local communities through education and outreach; and to research and evaluate their potential to improve Malawian livelihoods. To create a Malawian-run organization that is committed to improving organizational effectiveness through internal career development and specialized training that builds leaders in communities, policy, and government.
July saw quite a few changes at Kusamala. We welcomed our new Director, Rose Bell and bid farewell to former Director, Molly Cheatum. The Kusamala Board held a combined goodbye and welcome. Stacia Nordin, the Board Chair, thanked Molly for her four years of service to Permaculture in Malawi - “Molly has done amazing work for permaculture in Malawi and with Rose's attention to detail and systems, all of us at Kusamala are moving in the right direction towards our vision and mission".

Pigs at Kusamala

Our livestock demonstration has expanded to include 3 pigs, Strawberry, Maisey and Mathilda. The pigs and fencing lumber were generously donated by longtime Kusamala supporter, David Grocott, who also donated his time and energy helping get our latest additions settled safely in their new home. The three female pigs are living in a kraal built inside one quadrant of the chicken yard. The pigs will provide a reliable source of income through the sale of piglets- females can have 2 or 3 litters per year and on average 10 piglets per litter. As piglets sell for roughly $20 each at the market, we aim to increase the demonstration's overall income and versatility. Breeding will be made possible through the rental of boars, which will also provide income to local farmers. 

Permaculture for Profit

The United Methodist Church farm in Madisi, Dowa, is showcasing how permaculture systems can generate income by selling produce. Kusamala's consultants were instrumental in creating the design for the how 5 Hectare permaculture farm, and training the staff in implementation. The speed at which the farm developed shows how quickly permaculture practices can be successful. Stop by the farm to purchase sweet potatoes, soya, maize, rosella (chidede, hibiscus), comfrey, grain amaranth and indigenous seed packets such as, black jack, lady’s finger, local okra, amaranth and gallant soldier Contact + 265 992 301 277 or ngwirahugo13@gmail.com for more information.

Soil and Water Training

Kusamala hosted a 2-day soil and water management training to 21 farmers from Nsanje. These farmers are working with Churches Action in Relief and Development (CARD). The aim of this training was to equip farmers with water harvesting techniques to prevent flooding in Nsanje. This is not the first time Kusamala worked with CARD as the two worked together in the Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) funded project through Danish Church Aid (DCA), which phased out in September 2015.
 
Participants were taken through practicals in compost making, digging swales, constructing check dams, how to plant a bananas and many others. Photos are available on our
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September PDC

We are pleased to announce that we will hold a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) this September. The 12-day course will run from September 12-24 at our Permaculture center in Lilongwe. This course provides a comprehensive introduction to permaculture principles, applications, and design practices with lots of hands on work (and homework!) which helps you to think through your own designs for improving your home, workplace or anywhere you choose.  For those who successfully complete the course, our instructors are internationally accredited and will provide you with an internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate. More detailed information about the life-changing course is available here.
 
Please share with friends and colleagues.
To register, email: info@kusamala.org
 
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