Greetings all - time for an occasional update!
Long-time supporter and all round good bod Virginia has a history of organising events to raise lots of money for Hoja - not least through her annual beach picnic in Ireland.
She recently asked COCO where last year's money went and other general questions about COCO/Hoja's relationship, and this was COCO Overseas Operations Coordinator Brad's reply:
1.Where did last year's money go?Brad also included this brilliant case study to give an example of where the money goes:
Last year's money all went directly to The Hoja Project. The vast majority (over £1,400 of the £1,620.17 raised) went towards sustainable agriculture, with the rest making its way to Hoja for other uses.
2. How do COCO and Hoja link together?
COCO are passionate about community-led development. Therefore, COCO seek to work alongside community-based organisations (CBOs). The Hoja Project are the main CBO which COCO work alongside in Tanzania. The relationship works by The Hoja Project being responsible for identifying needs in the local community, COCO and The Hoja Project then work together to satisfy such needs in a sustainable and responsible way.
3. What COCO is and does.
COCO is a children's education NGO operating in East Africa. As an organisation, COCO places huge emphasis on the sustainability of projects, ensuring that every penny spent is done so with the intention of helping beneficiaries to stand on their own two feet, rather than making them dependent on donations from overseas. As a small organisation, COCO is able to account for all money spent to ensure that it all has a tangible benefit to vulnerable people.
Case Study: Permaculture in Action. Damas & Condrada Fussi, Litisha, Tanzania.
They have both been trained in permaculture techniques by The Hoja Project, funded by COCO.
Since being trained in permaculture techniques, Damas has been able to increase his annual income from under 600,000TSH (£214) each year, to around 3,750,000TSH (£1340). An increase of more than six times!
When asked how he managed to increase his income by such a huge amount, Damas explains that when he started to use permaculture techniques, he could produce far greater yields and thus earn much more income.
Rather than spending all of his income, Damas reinvested in his business by cultivating more land to further enhance his future income.
His additional income has been able to enroll his children into education. Damas has four children; two of whom are in primary school, one is in nursery and the other will be enrolled once she is old enough.
In addition to their education, Damas is able to provide his children with healthy, nutritious food and healthcare. “Before I was not able to afford things and now I can. For example, when any of my children are ill I can now definitely afford treatment for them.”
Selling milk and using manure to fertilise her crops has contributed to Condrada increasing her income from 100,000TSH (£36) to 750,000TSH (£268) each year.
Her additional income has helped Condrada to educate and provide healthcare to her four children, and she even saves some of her milk to benefit the family!
Through COCO, The Hoja Project have helped Damas and Condrada to help themselves!
These kind of income increases are a massive deal, because it means that Damas and Condrada now have the means to continue to improve their lives and their children's lives without (hopefully) further input from COCO/Hoja!
Our Income Generation Projects, funded by small loans, has been particularly effective at these kinds of changes in the past, and now our Permaculture programme is giving the local community another similar boost.