Rural communities in Zimbabwe depend on farming to survive. When the last rains failed, 98 per cent of the crops failed, resulting in drought, devastating hunger and malnutrition.
When the crops fail, most men have no choice but to find work elsewhere - leaving the women like Thaba to fend for themselves and provide for their children alone.
Throughout Bulilima, families including women and children are hungry, malnourished and desperate. They have no food stores. They are trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty, dependant on food aid and have little hope for the future.
There is a solution – but only with your help
The marula fruit provides the answer, but there is a problem with breaking the nut.
The marula tree is drought resilient and one tree can provide up to 500 kg of fruit each year. The fruit pulp holds at least four times as much Vitamin C as an orange, and the kernel itself is high in protein. Extracting the kernel from the nut is their best chance of escaping the poverty they are trapped in. But it’s hard, dangerous work.
A simple solution based on simple technology
A nut-cracking machine provides a practical appropriate solution to the physical problem of cracking the nut.
With your help, this machine will remove the danger and pain of cracking nuts with a hammer, and reduce the risk of accidents.
This simple, practical technology will help women like Thaba to earn a living. With a more reliable income, they will be able to feed their families and overcome a long-term dependency on food aid. The community will thrive and families will be kept together. Unlike his father, Thaba’s son will be able to stay in the place he calls home, looking ahead to a brighter, more sustainable future.