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Reeling in real change

The veins of the Volta lake run deep through the community, making it a major life source. But dwindling water levels and depleted fish stock posed a major threat to local livelihoods – until your sponsorship sailed in to extend support.

A man sits in his fishing boat that’s filled with gear and smiles at the camera.

Local fisherman, Paul sits in his boat, ready to hit the waters

 


Making a splash: You’ve helped cast a lifeline by expanding fish farming projects. And – in just 6 months – enabled locals to catch more than 15,000 mature Tilapia fish!

With your help, families are generating income, and their outlook on the future has flipped!

 
 

 

Who Then Now
Felix, a local father “When we go fishing, we only have a small catch or none at all. This makes it difficult for me to provide for my family.” “The aquaculture training has been enlightening. We’re eager to apply all the new things learned and will ensure proper procedure as a group.”
Seyram, a young woman from one of the VSLA groups. “When our fathers first settled here, fishing was a very lucrative venture. Now things are not the same.” “I am very happy the aquaculture project has started. This is going to afford us the opportunity to increase our household income. We can better cater for our children and family’s needs.”
Rejoice, a VSLA group leader “The fishing business has collapsed, affecting our household incomes.” “We are very excited about the aquaculture project. Hopefully our fish business can now bounce back. This is a dream come true.”
 
Kwame feeds the fish in the cage.

Kwame, a proud participant, feeds the fish.

A bucket with hundreds of baby fish are released into the cages.

Buckets of savings are coming in!

In partnership with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, you helped:

  • Engage over 50 community members (aged 20 – 35) in a 5-day training on proper fish farming practices, for better cage management and sustainability
  • Train 65 youth (half male, half female) in entrepreneurial skills to boost business savvy and advise product development, pricing and recordkeeping
  • Provide each group with start-up materials like two 4-compartment cages that were constructed, installed and stocked with over 5,000 baby fish
  • Offer technical support like coaching, guidance and monitoring for up to 6 months following the launch to help ensure success.

“With the fish farming activity, I have learned how to manage and know how to care for and sell the fish. I can now save to cover my present and future needs,” says Maria, a participant who’s gained new skills along with a funding source.

Men sit in boats at the fish farm.

A group of participants hope to collect the catch of the day at the aquaculture club.

“I participated in the aquaculture project, and change has occurred in both my finances and my meals!” says local mother, Juliet, who’s grateful to feel more nourished and empowered. “The business trainings I received have made me feel very confident in myself. One day I will set up my own cages. Thank you!”

“Before the project we never thought we could get fish again,” reflects Elias, a local father. “But Community Sponsorship is teaching us another way to continue. This is what is sustaining my family.”

Francis and his two sons hold up a fishing net and smile.

Higher numbers of fish to harvest = higher net incomes!

“Youth now have a means of livelihood through the aquaculture project and difficulties are far fewer than before,” adds Pat, remarking on this powerful change.

Plus, “family food has seen improvements,” he adds – a development his 8-year-old-daughter, Anita, has been particularly pleased with: “We get to eat tasty food, like fish in our soup, and I am happy.”

Better income, security and nutrition? Now that’s what we call a successful catch.

A father and his two sons sit in their fishing canoe.

Thank you for bringing families a better flow of funds, to help them stay afloat!

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