Posted by: africanpressorganization | 17 September 2009

USADF Signs Five Grants to Support Income Generating Activities for Community Groups in Botswana





USADF Signs Five Grants to Support Income Generating Activities for Community Groups in Botswana



GABORONE, Botswana, September 17, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The United States African Development Foundation continued their assistance to marginalized populations in Africa by signing five grants with community groups in Botswana.  The grants will benefit Fate Hood Association, Kuru Community Trust (KCT), Mmadinare Development Trust (MDT), Modise Development Society (MDS), and Thamaga Pottery.


After signing the grants, USADF President Lloyd Pierson stated, “These grants were designed by community members by identifying ways to raise their communities out of poverty.  By working with these marginalized groups, USADF is providing funding to support African ideas and initiatives.”


Fate Hood, located in Bobirwa Sub-district, 20 kilometers east of Selibe Phikwe, supports youth, women, small scale farmers, and other marginalized populations to engage in income generating activities.  In designing the project, a group of small scale farmers identified fodder (a type of dairy feed) production as a secure income source.  Dairy producers in the region create a strong market for fodder, but several constraints limit the cooperative.  The two year grant will finance improvements to financial improvements, training, and equipment.


KCT is a community organization involved in horticulture for some 1,500 inhabitants of D’Kar Settlement Village in the Central District.  Inhabitants are part of the San ethnic group, a historically marginalized group with high levels of unemployment, poverty, and illiteracy.  By identifying horticulture and leather works as a viable source of income, KCT will help community members gain necessary skills and experience to run successful projects.  KCT will also use USADF’s grant to mobilize and empower youth in D’Kar Settlement Village through sports activities. The two year grant will fund community governance and capacity building, financial management training, horticultural inputs, and leatherworks inputs.


MDT helps community members of Mmandiare village by identifying and supporting small income generating activities, such as horticulture, poultry, and goat rearing.  USADF and its partner, AEET, conducted participatory development meetings with community members to identify ways to end the cycle of poverty.  Members identified the sale of eggs, poultry, meat, and vegetables as viable income generating activities.  The two year grant will provide for financial system improvements, marketing training, business development, and start-up inputs for the projects. 


MDS is a community based organization in Lerala village, a rural area where poverty, illiteracy, and unemployment levels are high, especially among youth and women.  Several participatory development workshops allowed community members to identify poultry and piggery as strong income generating activities.  The two year grant will fund improvements to financial systems, training, a pig shelter, and day old chicks and a chicken house.


Located in Bostwelelo, Thamaga Pottery is the oldest pottery in Botswana and is known for its high quality ceramic tableware that is dishwasher and microwave safe.  However, they do not have the capacity to meet the high demand of orders; many wait for upwards of three months for their orders to be filled.  The five year grant will provide for new machinery, training, and certification from the Botswana Bureau of Standards.  Thamaga Pottery will contribute $111,387 to achieve these goals. 


USADF began programming in Botswana in 1985. Botswana’s current portfolio stands at twenty-eight investment projects totaling more than $3.5 million. For more information about the portfolio, please visit the country’s quick source page at .


The United States African Development Foundation (USADF) is a United States Government agency dedicated to expanding access to economic opportunity in Africa. Currently USADF operates in 20 African nations.  Over the past 25 years, USADF has funded nearly 1,500 projects representing in excess of $150 million in support of African enterprises and local African communities.  For more information on USADF, its programs and application guidelines, visit



The United States African Development Foundation (USADF)


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