A Get together with Get Up Stand Up beneficiaries

By 9.00 am all the 20 groups of Get Up Stand Up project were present in the Andiamo Education Institutions (AEI) hall for a meeting with the Getup Stand Up project staff.

The main aim of the meeting was to get together with all the beneficiaries of the project so that they can know each other and to brief them what Get up Stand up Project is all about. The meeting was chaired by the coordinator of the project Allessandro  Marchetti who started by welcoming all the beneficiaries and introducing them to the whole staff.

Donne dai Villaggi

In his turn, John Martin (Agronomist), highlighted the contents of the project where he covered issues like management of the project and the groups, the costs of the agricultural inputs bought for the project and how the beneficiaries are going to pay back the money. In his presentation, he emphasized on  the need for cooperation as groups and
working hard as individuals.

“Without cooperation the groups will automatically dissolve and this can lead to the failure of the project. You can apply the fertilizer well, but if you are not working hard on your fields you will harvest nothing,” said Martin.

On the same vein, the founding trustee of Andiamo Fr. Mario, asked the people to utilize this chance as it is for their own benefit.

“This project is in your hands and it is up to you to make it a success or not,” said Mario. In addition, John Martin also told the chiefs present that they will be regular meetings with them for each and
every chief to submit the progress of their groups.

It was also revealed to them that there will be two types of fertilizer this time: Super Chitowe which is selling at MK3400.00 and Optichem at MK3600.00. On repayments, it was disclosed that each and every person will be required to pay at least 50% of the money soon after harvest as this is the time when people have money.

Later, they will be required to  pay in smaller amounts up to when they finish paying back but not exceeding the month of august next year. The good thing is that, they will be paying back the money without any interest.

Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Group Village Headman Toleza thanked Get Up Stand Up for considering them in the project. “We really thank you for this splendid project and we promise to work hard and truly in order to maintain this project,” said GVHM Toleza.

In the end, Fr Mario advised the people to avoid  being greedy, gossiping, selfishness and laziness as all these can bring down the project.

By Innocent Chisanga with the cooperation of Patrick Bwanali