Social Entrepreneurship Community Support Project (Umodzi Project)
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Locally, the Malawi population has a woman face with 52% women to 48% men. However, to ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance there is a need to align with the thinking of localising the SDGs to achieve national development. SEC-SUP project provides a forum to locally implement the SDGs and put to practice strategies that could ensure realisation of the impact of SDGs. To measure and evaluate success, SEC-SUP will establish demonstration sites where manure, organic farming and other small scale enterprises will be conducted. Thereafter, women and youths will be graduated to continue with their own businesses. The National overarching Policy document the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS II) domesticates the SDGs through promoting implementation of sustainable economic growth and promote universal health coverage, reforestation and agriculture . The need for SEC-SUP program is seen in that, while poverty and lack of economic opportunities exists among women and youths there is laxity and lack of pro-activeness (at both policy and community levels) by both government and communities to solve problems that are affecting youths and women. Specifically, as a result lack of economic opportunities which impacted on Household incomes. Households have found themselves spending significant portions of their resources without investing in any enterprise/social enterprises. The project will promote youths and women ability to demand their right to development and economic growth and ability to participate in decision making processes that impacts their lives.
Sustainability and future plans
For sustainability SEC-SuP project will establish Social entrepreneurship community groups (youth and women). These groups will be assigned to demonstration sites, such as, composite manure, organic farming demonstration site and other small enterprise. Based on the arrangement the groups will be contributing to the project a certain percentage of the proceeds to ensure that the project is sustaine and more new women and youths are brought on board and are supported. The future plans of the project is to generate more funds through various social enterprises and support more women and youths in order to change their livelihood. Other than that, the project will also aim to purchase machines for production of Composite manure, Processing of food and will establish a restaurant for organic food in order to provide market for the farm product produced by the groups. Furthermore, the biggest plan for the project is to establish a social entrepreneurship adult and youth school throughout the three regions of Malawi and there after the project will go international. Regarding the youth skills development there is need to promote local knowledge in designing and development of processing machines. So the project aim to impart those skills to the youth within the project.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
My name is Davies Mwachumu, a Malawian born on 7th December 1985 (30 years old). As Program Coordinator of the SEC-SuP initiative I am highly committed, hardworking and excellent team player, always ready to dedicate myself to create and innovate for the betterment of humanity emphatically, less privileged communities in Malawi. My desire is to base my career in the developmental and human rights works and link it to social entrepreneurship. This will enable me to directly or indirectly contribute to lives of people in my community through job Creation and contribute to proper natural resource management. As a young man I believe that my innate capability to learn quickly and work with minimal supervision could add value to management of my own enterprise, Moreover, I am highly culturally adaptable to fit in any social setting with ease. I studied social sciences at the University of Malawi Chancellor College my major was Sociology and i minor Marketing Psychology. As such, l am privileged to have a social entrepreneurship and marketing academic back ground. In addition to my academic background, I was among the 15 participants of the the social entrepreneurship training in Costarica and Lebanon as a pilot course of the masters of global health;a new approach to natural resource management which was Funded by master-card Foundation and organised and facilitated by Earth University and American University of Beirute. I hope to put to practice my social entrepreneurship skills and knowledge i learned in Costarica and Lebanon to the benefit of my fellow Malawians and to contribute towards achievement of SDGs.