Nu Skin’s Long-term Solutions for Malawi

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Nu Skin’s Long-term Solutions for Malawi


Steve Lund Malawi

Since 2003, Nu Skin has focused its humanitarian efforts to help the people of Malawi. Nu Skin distributors generously contribute nearly 1.5 million VitaMeals to Malawi children every month. Nearly 100,000 trees have been donated to the country to fight future droughts through the sales of the Nu Skin Epoch Baobab Body Butter. In addition, generous donations to the Mtalimanja Village are helping farmers and their families break the bonds of poverty and malnutrition through self-sustainability.


Dedicated in 2007, Mtalimanja Village is a living classroom built mainly with funds from the Nu Skin Force for Good Foundation. Nearly 40 families from nearby villages are selected to live in Mtalimanja Village for two years and are trained in farming, irrigation, nutrition, animal husbandry and fishing at the School of Agriculture for Family Independence (SAFI). Husbands and wives attend classes together while their children attend primary school.


The first class graduated in May 2009 and the second class will graduate in June 2011. Upon graduation, graduates are charged with the responsibility of teaching others in their communities to sustain the village and eradicate hunger in Malawi.



Phillip Banda, a recent SAFI graduate, was one of the first to accept this charge. Phillip is currently working in his community to teach the new agriculture models he learned at Mtalimanja to others in his village.


By implementing the sustainable farming and irrigation techniques learned in SAFI, farmers like Phillip have reported an increase of up to 4.5 times more maize than was grown with previous farming techniques.


Just one year after graduating, Yohane Gideon is back in his community and applying the skills he learned from SAFI to build a brick house complete with a metal roof. This new home will allow Yohane to protect his family during Malawi’s hot, rainy season. Yohane also plans to install windows in his home with the money he will earn from selling surplus crops.


While most in his village are struggling to simply feed their families, Yohane is now able to provide for all his family’s needs and save for their future with the surplus yields from his crops. Yohane credits SAFI for his recent success and is now sharing these techniques with his fellow villagers so they can do the same.