Malawi visit May 2018
Phil Irvin, Shine Relief Co-founder, and Trustee, recently spent his week’s annual leave with Co-Founders Suzen and Hastings in Malawi. Its been nearly a year since the last visit when Deborah and Lynley, together with the Shine NZ team, spent 3 weeks on the ground.
With grant applications in the pipeline to get businesses at Shine Village off the ground, this time on the ground was key for everyone. Our next major plan is to build a Maize Mill, however, it needs to be powered by electricity, as the diesel option is too expensive and it also taints the flavour of the flour. The supply of electricity, which still needs bringing to the area is very costly and is a major part of the development costs which we have yet to secure.
The overall vision is to gradually add buildings to the site, creating a hub of new small businesses, providing jobs and generating income to support Shine Village and community development in future years.
A key meeting held with Johannes Bos at Farming Gods Way gave Shine insight into a new building method being developed which does not involve the traditional costly method of firing bricks. The machine compresses bricks to a level which then only requires them to be dried in the sun!
As Shine will be erecting buildings for schooling, vocational training and hosting more children and volunteers in years to come, we are looking into this project in greater depth.
We now have over 600 seedlings growing from the first two trees which we planted two years ago at Shine Village!
Phil had the opportunity to chat with a local lady Annie who operates a moringa oil refinery business. She will buy our moringa seeds when we are ready to harvest in 18 months time.