Ways you can assist

Below we have listed ways, realistic and practical ways, in which you can help. We work in direct contact with impoverished rural families and we have the experience and networks to get things right. The list below includes only those types of inputs which we know will work. Thus, we can give an assurance of careful use of your donation.

And we will make sure you are informed about the details of how your donation was used. Please let us know if you have any particular requests - just include a note when you contact us. Please also read our returns and cancellation policy.


Some ideas...

Give a family a goat - $80
Train a Community Animal Health Worker - $300
Train a Community Based Poultry Vaccinator - $200
Donate a Boer goat to benefit a whole village - $300
Make a plain old-fashioned donation - any amount



Give a family a goat - $80 - (How it works)
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You can enable us to supply a goat to a needy family. If you can find the funds for us, we can find the needy family for you.

Goats are an important source of prosperity for rural Malawians. They are a valuable resource as a source of meat or milk. Typically females are used for breeding and milk production. Males that are not required for breeding are slaughtered for consumption. Goats are thus a valued asset for livestock keepers, another example of our motto:

"Livestock: A Living Bank"

How to pay
At present, payment can be made by direct deposit to our bank account in Malawi. Please contact us for full details.

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Train a Community Animal Health Worker - $300 - (How it works)
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Your support will enable SSLLP to assist a whole village through the training of a suitable individual from that village. We will assist the community in question to identify an appropriate individual whom we will then train and equip for the role of advising farmers and treating animals.

SSLLP has a long history of involvement in the training and support of such basic level technicians who work on animal health and production in the communities in which they live. This approach has been widely applauded as a means of countering the severe diminution of resources available for government livestock extension services which has occurred over recent decades. SSLLP has been at the forefront of development of training packages tailored for the local Malawian situation.

How to pay
At present, payment can be made by direct deposit to our bank account in Malawi. Please contact us for full details.

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Train a Community Based Poultry Vaccinator - $200 - (How it works)
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With this option, you will be able to make a real impact at the grass roots level. Chickens are the most important livestock species for rural smallholders in Malawi. The biggest single threat to those chickens is Newcastle disease.

When this disease strikes, it wipes out most chickens in a village. A thermo-tolerant vaccine developed by Australia in recent years has provided the wherewithal to counter these losses under village conditions. A study by SSLLP found that farmers who did not vaccinate lost 2.6 times as many chickens as those who did vaccinate.

SSLLP has successfully introduced sustainable poultry vaccination programs using community based vaccinators. The resources they need are few: training in Newcastle disease and its control, a start-up kit of vaccine, a cooler box, and a bicycle for transport.

How to pay
At present, payment can be made by direct deposit to our bank account in Malawi. Please contact us for full details.

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Donate a boer goat to benefit a whole village - $300 - (How it works)
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This is a great way to improve goat production in a rural community. You purchase an improved breed goat buck and we make sure it is put to good use.

Goats are probably the most important livestock species in rural Malawi after poultry. They are widespread and highly valued. But the local breed of goat, the "Small East African", although hardy, is not a good performer in terms of meat production. By using one Boer buck to improve the progeny of local goats, we can make a significant and long-lasting impact on the livelihoods of a whole community of goat keepers.

How to pay
At present, payment can be made by direct deposit to our bank account in Malawi. Please contact us for full details.

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Make a donation to help SSLLP in its work.
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In addition to our specific projects, SSLLP gets involved on a broad scale to play a role in the development of the smallholder livestock sector in Malawi. We attend workshops and meetings, we liaise with a range or government and institutional stakeholders, we continue support in project target areas long after funding has ceased, we support a volunteer program, we train staff - all in the general interests of improving livestock production and raising rural livelihoods.

Any donation you make will assist us to get to some of these related tasks. All donations will be issued with a receipt.

How to pay
At present, payment can be made by direct deposit to our bank account in Malawi. Please contact us for full details.

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