The FIOH-Zinduka agriculture project supports rural farmers in Nyamuswa and Makongoro, two small villages in the Lake Victoria region of Tanzania.
The project began in 2007 as an initiative of Zinduka, a non-governmental organization established by villagers in Nyamuswa. The first stage involved the purchase and distribution of foot powered MoneyMaker water pumps to a number of farmers identified by Zinduka as most in need. These farmers would spend up to six hours a day watering their fields using only watering cans and buckets. With the new pumps, the farmers could irrigate their land with greater effectiveness and efficiency. The simple technology reduced the long hours of labor, increased agricultural productivity and boosted income for farmers able to sell more crops.
In 2010, Zinduka joined the Future In Our Hands International network and officially became FIOH-Zinduka.
With funding provided by FIOH-USA, FIOH-Zinduka constructed an agricultural store in the center of Nyamuswa, eliminating the long trips farmers used to take to either Bunda (approximately 15 miles south) or Musoma (approximately 39 miles north). The routes to both cities are mostly unpaved, and the lack of reliable transportation forced many farmers to make the journey by foot. Today, the agricultural store provides seeds, fertilizers and other items from a central location at more affordable prices. FIOH-Zinduka also provides micro-loans at low interest rates, giving farmers access to the capital they need to improve agricultural production.