Bereko Garden Group
In April 2019, we arranged and funded a two day visit for seven elders from Bereko to Livingstone Tanzania Trust, a community development charity based in nearby Babati.
Livingstone Tanzania Trust is a UK charity and we have met with them in the UK and in Tanzania. We visited a number of their projects in October 2018 and were inspired by all they are doing to support communities as they develop a variety of projects that bring financial and food sustainability.
The elders were very encouraged by the visit and returned with a number of ideas for what could be achieved in Bereko. They decided to start with an intensive agriculture project and have established the Bereko Garden Group. Members include Zacharia Barajid (Ward Councillor), Halifa Kaita (Chair of the Bereko Sub Town Council), Rev Richard Suki, Salimu Mwahu, Head Teacher of Primary School, Anna Kimaro, Head Teacher of Kurasini Primary School and Mr Mwesi, Head Teacher of Secondary School.
The objective of the Bereko Garden Group is to establish a market garden that will be used to train members of the community in agricultural practices that will raise an income and be resilient to changing weather patterns. Profits made from the project will be used to fund local community projects.
A site of one acre has been made available, free of charge for ten years, by a generous local person and planting will start at the end of January 2020. By then, the Bereko Garden Group will have registered itself with the government as a Community Development Group and set up a bank account, financial procedures, and a budget and cash flow plan for 2020. The first planting will be half an acre of onions, quarter of an acre of cucumbers and the remaining quarter yet to be decided, probably tomotoes or peppers. These crops have been chosen because they will be ready to harvest when market prices are at their highest.
Livingstone Tanzania staff in Babati are providiing guidance and support for the Bereko Garden Group throughout the process. They are also providing us with feedback reports on how funds have been used and how the project is progressng.
The pictures below are from the visit to Livingstone Tanzania projects in April 2019.