In 1992, when Zambia was hit by a devastating drought, we started our first income-generating program, the Malambo Women’s Group of embroiderers and seamstresses, which still operates today.
The Netherlands government provided funding in 2002 to build a centre for the Malambo Women’s Group. The centre is used to host community workshops, celebrations, and for the Malambo seamstresses.
Most of the people we work with live in rural communities in homes that are made of mud with thatch roofs. They have no electricity and many walk long distances for water.

Although Zambia is one of the most forested countries in Africa, its rate of deforestation is one of the highest. Globally, Zambia is one of the highest emitters of greenhouse gases as a result of deforestation and land degradation. Trees are cut for timber, to clear land for farms, and to create charcoal for fuel. Nearly 75% of Zambians have no access to electricity, so charcoal and wood fuel are their primary energy sources.

The name “Malambo” is the ChiTonga word for the area around Monze and the Moorings Farm, where Malambo Grassroots began.