Seeds of Hope’s Vision is to reverse poverty in the communities that we are working in. The first step of course is to bring Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (iWASH), this can stop the downward spiral, but to reverse it the next steps are skills training and business development. Seeds of Hope is strong in iWASH programs, but is just developing skills trainings. There are some exciting opportunities with the Ndola Resource Center being able to host many of the trainings that we are wanting offer to the community.

These classes provide the skills necessary to thrive in rural Africa.

 

AGRICULTURE TRAINING

Agriculture trainings are key to Africans stepping out of poverty. We believe that our training courses are just the first step in a much needed intervention in this area. Agriculture goes hand in hand with nutrition, health and securing a bright future.

 

BICYCLE SALES & REPAIR

In 2011 we were approached to start a partnership with Zambikes and Bikes for Humanity (Colorado) to begin a bike repair training and bike sales which we are calling SOHIPO BIKES. We have already seen hope being shared into the community as bikes are being sold and distributed. In Africa owning a bike is often the first step out of poverty and we have seen the excitement as people realize this dream. Our bike shop is set up as a business model so that we can train community members and other organizations in that same way. It is important to build systems that can bring self-sustaining income into our work in Zambia. The bikes are donated from the US and then repaired and sold in Zambia and the income is used to help us in other projects we are doing. 

 

COMPUTER & OFFICE SKILLS

Computer skills are one of the most sought after trainings in Zambia. Most people understand that in order to get ahead in the workplace they need to have computer knowledge and skills. Seeds of Hope in 2011 opened it’s lab to it’s own workers and is now moving ahead to begin classes training other students. Our staff has recognized that it is the next step for us as an organization tobe able to continue to grow in reporting the stories for the field. We have a small lab now with 8 computers and are raising funds to ship another 15 computers that are already donated in the US. We are also expanding our classrooms in order that we can have the additional space needed to facilitate these classes.


RETAIL SALES

We are trying to make a self-sustaining component to all of the things that we are doing. If the Resource Center can be self-sustaining then it can be duplicated and the trainings available are needed throughout the world. We have been doing income generation inside of Zambia with boreholes, pump repair, biosand filters, community and iWASH trainings, vegetables, sewing and bicycles. As we develop we are learning valuable lessons on how to run and manage businesses so that we can in turn train others to do the same. We are committed to try to break the cycle of dependency that exists in so many NGO’s. We are just opening a shop where we will not only sell the products that we make but also the items make by other NGO’s in order to facilitate a better networking with others working to empower the community.


SEWING & TAILORING

We have been setting up a sewing training class that is targeted towards sewing for business. In our initial research we have found that there are several sewing trainings going on for community members, but all too often after the trainings the students are not able to increase their income. There are several problems that we have identified and we have set up a course to address those concerns. Quality must be emphasised as well as a market for students to sell their products. We are working to train in both of these areas. We are already providing some of the custom purses for sale in the US supplying a non profit called Umweo bags (Umweo means life in the Zambian Language Bembe) They are helping us provide work and income for the sewing class and they in turn sell the bags and the profit goes to feed malnourished children in Zambia. It is a real win/win arrangement. We are also supplying several items for Thorn Clothing who sells their items and the profit comes back into Seeds of Hope’s projects. Some items are also available at our US office too.

 

BRIQUETTING

At Seeds of Hope we are starting to help save the environment and to improve people’s health by making  briquettes out of materials that you can choose that will not require you to harvest a tree. many times these materials are free and can be sourced even for comercial production. We are working together with community members to try to use this as an income generating process.

 

TRAININGS IN DEVELOPMENT

COOKING
We are seeking funding for enlarging our trainings to include cooking and healthy food service classes. There is a need to combine the hygiene trainings that we have developed with cooking and nutrition classes. We are hoping to see his develop in 2012 and are seeking funding to complete our kitchen and begin to do trainings. We feel that this can also be combined with our existing trainings at the Resource Center and in the field when we go into the communities we often provide food for the trainees. This will also be a time when we can highlight more fuel efficient cookstoves and stoves that use alternate fuels. We are seeking funding for enlarging our trainings to include cooking and healthy food service.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT WORKERS
Seeds of Hope has developed a suite of Community Development trainings and has already partnered with colleges in Zambia and outside of Zambia to be a place of training and developing skills. You can see the details of our programs as listed on the WET-C (Water Sanitation and Hygiene Expertise Center)  pages. These trainings are going through a continual monitoring evaluation and upgrade process to insure that they are meeting the goals and learning expectations set forth.