managed by R. Ryakitimbo
The Ikizu Bible group (IBG) was incorporated 1991 after a group of citizens from the faith and business communities concerned about the rising number of poor farmers with families, assessed the needs and resources of the Mpaji Sector in Chanikakofi Village, Handeni District, Tanga Region they determined that it was more than a time to help them transform, from subsistence farming to small agribusinesses to improve their economic power and reduce poverty, especially in Mpaji Sector.
Steady growth has characterized IBG’S 25 year history with an average of 12 farmers assisted to achieve self-sufficiency each year. The number of churches, foundations and individuals who provide financial and volunteer support has also grown steadily. IBG now has 112 households that consist of more than 550 individuals, 381 of whom are young adults of not more than the age of 22.
While waiting for support on infrastructure, such as reliable energy sources for irrigation-cultivation of Beans covering 14 acres has been going on. On the other hand, vegetable gardening is also undertaken on the same wavelength for three main reasons.
a) Demonstrating to poor farming communities around the project how to grow vegetables, How to maintain soil fertility, Basic nutrition and how to effectively prepare nutritionally balanced Diets/Dishes with the vegetables.
b) Conduction of training to communities around the farm encouraging them to cultivate ''small home Gardens'' near their houses for family nutrition, ideally 10 square meters in size. The crops which have proved most successful are onions, carrots; cabbage, cucumbers and tomatoes (see photographs)
c) Helping groups of 15-20 women in each community around the farm to begin with three or four popular and nutritious vegetable. Later as producers improve their Gardening skills, there may be ''surplus'' production for sale- a fact that leads to self-sufficiency.
In view of the foregoing major problems have been a lack of water in the Dry season and crops produced Losses (from lack of energy for cold storage). To help resolve the water problem (short term) communities use Donkeys to carry water from dug ponds and nearby streams- a labor intensive activity. Both irrigation and cold storage for perishables require a reliable energy source.
Our main aim is to encourage into socio-economic activities as useful and responsible individual and be involved this process of poverty reduction.