MICAIA Foundation is a Mozambican non-profit organisation(NGO) that works mostly in Manica Province in the heart of Mozambique. Set up in 2009, they now reach more than 9,000 people and their families and communities; they aim to reach 80,000 people by 2020. The support is focused on enabling people to take action to change their lives for the better. Training farmers and supporting their organisations for example, helps them get a better price for their crops – which means they can buy more seed for next year or improve their house or keep their children in school for longer.
MICAIA Foundation works on all four of the ‘Pillars of Local Prosperity’. They take a long-term approach, recognizing that for most people the path out of poverty and vulnerability is an uphill struggle strewn with obstacles. Project funding comes and goes but MICAIA Foundation remains committed to the people and the communities in which they live. This is why they work in just one Province– Manica, an area with 1.2 million people and a diverse socio-cultural and environmental landscape. By working in one place over time, with a clear and innovative strategy, they aim to create learning and case-studies that can be of use to others working elsewhere in Mozambique and beyond.
MICAIA Foundation’s work in recent years has encompassed agriculture, natural product enterprises and value chains (including beekeeping), eco-tourism, practical conservation, youth-led micro-enterprise and more. Summaries of recent and current project work are available here.
MICAIA Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees drawn from a mix of professional backgrounds. The Foundation is led by its Executive Director, Milagre Nuvunga, whose career has included senior posts in Government, the UNDP, and international organizations.
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