kǝ • sūˊ • pē ǀ language of origin: Chichewa ǀ English translation: spring well; a source of water from the ground; an ultimate source, especially of action or motion
Kasupe Goat Farm was originally envisioned as a micro-enterprise project undertaken as a means for Kasupe to self-fund other projects, specifically the HIV/AIDS Support Group. Goats are multi-purpose animals producing meat, milk, hides, and manure, and have very few demands of housing and management. They have no need for separate grazing areas as they happily share space with cows and other livestock. Furthermore, goats are inexpensive to maintain having adapted to the now familiar dry, hot climate in the Kasupe area.
In February of 2010, construction of Kasupe Goat Farm was completed and 120 goats acquired. To date, income from the sale of live goats, meat, milk, hides (used for shoe making), and manure (used for fertilizer) has funded not only activities of the HIV/AIDS Support Group but also budget shortfalls at Kasupe Secondary School.
During 2016, Kasupe Goat Farm generated over $6,000 in net profits, and 27 goats were distributed to individual members of the HIV/AIDS Support Group for the purpose of goat farming. As of December 2016, 165 goats call Kasupe Goat Farm home.
FARMERS AGRI-BUSINESS COOPERATIVE. Utilizing the Kasupe Demonstration Farm, the Cooperative provides training for smallholder farmers in drought-resistant farming and soil preservation methods, as well as instruction on growing high-value and high-yield crops such as cabbage, capsicum, kale, paper, sunflower, onions, and cassava. Training is also provided in small-scale agro-processing, e.g., maize milling, peanut butter making, oil extraction, and cassava flower production. The success of the Cooperative, having already assisted thousands of desperate households from starvation, will be further advanced upon completion of the solar irrigation system which will increase crop production from a single annual harvest to 3 or 4 harvests per year.
SOLAR IRRIGATION SYSTEM. Kasupe continues to make progress towards installation completion of a solar irrigation system at the Kasupe Demonstration Farm, which includes a deep-well borehole, pump, tank, and drip-irrigation network to be utilized through the Farmers Co-Op.
Kasupe Meat Shop opened for business in 2009 in off-site leased space located in the Kapire Trading Center, selling Kasupe Goat Farm meat to the general public.
In March of 2014, the shop moved to the Kasupe Goat Farm site upon completion of construction of a retail facility which provided retail space separate from Kasupe Meat Shop for the purpose of selling dry goods, school uniforms and second-hand clothes, and commonly-used construction material. A solar charging station was also installed to allow cell phone charging at a nominal cost.
Shopping for daily groceries such as maize, rice, and flour, as well as other sundry items, is now easy and affordable for villagers who live within the Kasupe influence area. Prices for goods and services are set at below market rates. Now doing business as Kasupe Community Store, the retail shop currently employs 2 full-time shop keepers.
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