By helping communities to raise productivity, diversify into higher value crops, and promote off-farm employment, incomes will rise in the villages. The resulting economic growth in the villages will enable the communities to finance a growing share of investments to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Over time, these communities will end their dependency on outside assistance thereby ensuring sustainability. Since the Millennium Villages project began in Mayange in 2006, the village community has made great strides in achieving its development priorities:
Farmers are producing diversified crops to help support food security and create business opportunities, and dairy producers are using artificial insemination to improve livestock breeding. Honey and poultry production have also been introduced into the cluster.
Beginning in 2008, in an effort to protect against draught, farmers produced diversified crops, cows were inseminated and used for dairy production and ponds were constructed and stocked with fish. Honey and poultry have also been introduced into the cluster.
By the end of 2009, the project had completed rehabilitation of over 70 planned classrooms.
By the first half of 2009, all enrolled students received school meals in partnership with the World Food Program.
In partnership with Ericcson, established a new computer lab which generated excitement within the cluster for greatly increasing access to information.
The four health posts have been upgraded with rehabilitated or newly constructed rooms and trained staff, equipment and medications.
The health facility is now able to provide emergency obstetric care (EmOC) and community health workers have been trained on reproductive health.
The extension of a water pipeline is in progress, and three blocks of public latrines have been built to improve sanitation.
A cell tower was constructed by Ericcson and internet kiosks have been opened by local entrepreneurs. All households now have cell phone coverage.
In November 2009, the project opened a cassava processing plant that employs more than 100 people and provides a good and stable price for this staple crop.
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