Scarce water, poor soil, and oppressive heat in summer contribute to unreliable and often low agricultural yields in Kwakiliga, leaving the community struggling to meet food and income needs. To overcome these challenges sustainably, the Kwakiliga Project focuses on diversifying income sources, improving access to competitive markets, and decreasing dependency on uncontrollable external factors such as rainfall.
A production system that integrates poultry-keeping, vegetable production, reforestation and water management has provided Partners with a consistent source of income independent of rain-fed agriculture. Eggs from Kwakiliga hens have become popular for their bright yellow yolks in the large Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam, where egg sales at high prices have enabled Partners to earn thousands of dollars in profits. 2Seeds has worked with Kwakiliga Partners to put away a portion of profits in a savings fund for future business growth. In addition, each Partner has an individual savings fund through 2Seeds, where Partners keep some of their profits toward larger purchases, such as a tin roof or a motorcycle.
Additionally, vegetable gardens around the chicken coops allow Partners to experiment with new crops and planting techniques in a low-risk setting. A variety of water management technologies, including a drip irrigation system, allow vegetable cultivation to continue in times of low rainfall. Trees planted in the gardens produce fruit for consumption and sale and contribute to the crucial need for reforestation in the area.