“A great improvement in our household diet” — livelihood programs change lives in Zimbabwe

Posted on March 23, 2014 by Jessica Nipp Hacker
Jessica Nipp Hacker

The Lutheran Malaria Program in Zimbabwe is changing lives!

Simkhulekele Ndlovu for web

Simkhulekele Ndlovu is a mother living in a rural village in Zimbabwe.  In the past, Simkhulekele struggled to afford healthy food to send with her children in their school lunch boxes.  They used to carry corn snacks and water every day, and she worried about their nutrition.

Then Simkhulekele joined a Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) in her village, sponsored by the Lutheran malaria program in Zimbabwe. Through the VSLA, Simkhulekele joined with other members of her community to save money together. Simkhulekele was able to access a small loan from her VSLA, and she used that money to do some small income-generating projects at home. Those projects give her money to buy more nutritious food for her children.

“Now there is a great improvement in our household diet,” says Simkhulekele. Instead of just corn snacks, her children are now able to bring juice, bread with butter, and sometimes sausages to school with them for lunch.

With better nutrition, their bodies will be more able to fight off future malaria infections. And with an increased household income, Simkhulekele and her children can afford mosquito nets, improved health care and savings for a better future!