The Capacity Foundation

Registered Charity Number 1171338

Total raised
£30.00 + £7.50 Gift Aid = £37.50
+ £0.00 Gift Aid
+ £7.50 Gift Aid

About The Capacity Foundation

The Capacity Foundation is working intensively with a community of 4000 families in the Malenga Mzoma traditional authority area in northern Malawi. The aim is no less than to break the cycle of dependency resulting from intermittent and patchy aid programmes. Aid does a lot of good, but it isn't sustainable and the community needs to take control of its own destiny. The programme involves extending small loans to people to start and grow small businesses. Every loantaker completes a business skills and marketing course first and is continually mentored through the ten-month loan repayment period. Recognising that families have to pull together, the Foundation's loan programme is open to both women and men. People accessing the course must be literate and numerate, so the Foundation runs adult literacy and numeracy classes to maximise participation.

The loans programme involves a service fee that goes towards the Foundation's local overheads and funds a Social Action Fund under the control of the community, which is reserved for projects the community chooses.

The Foundation also runs a farm methods improvement project: about a quarter of the families survive on subsistence farming.

Malenga Mzoma is one of the poorest areas in one of the poorest districts in one of sub-Saharan Africa's poorest countries. The aim is to make the area self-sufficient within a decade.

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