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USADF Signs Grant to Support Milk Producers in Zambia (September 3, 2009)

Lusaka. September 3, 2009.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 3, 2009 – The United States African Development Foundation (USADF) signed an enterprise expansion grant with Mpima Dairy Producers Cooperative Society (MDPCS).

After signing the grant, USADF President Lloyd Pierson stated, “USADF is proud to support MDPCS. They are poised to be a successful and sustainable enterprise, helping to create a higher quality of life for its members.”

A small-scale milk production cooperative in the Central Province of Zambia, MDPCS has been constrained by low milk production and limited access to markets.  USADF funds will help the cooperative and its members produce more milk, which will then be sold to meet market demand.  USADF’s support to enable milk processing will stimulate economic growth, create jobs within the community, and improve the incomes of MDPCS members.  To date, the Cooperative has expanded from 34 to 49 members, and is looking to hiring four additional employees to help implement this project.  The members themselves will benefit from increased income which will support their efforts to send their children to school and get better nutrition and health care for their families. 

USADF began programming in Zambia in 2003. Zambia’s current portfolio stands at twenty-three investment projects totaling nearly $5 million dollars. For more information about the portfolio, please visit the country’s quick source page at http://www.adf.gov/USADF-QuickSourceCountryPortfolioPage-Zambia.htm.

The United States African Development Foundation (USADF) is a United States Government agency dedicated to expanding access to economic opportunity in Africa. Currently USADF operates in 20 African nations.  Over the past 25 years, USADF has funded nearly 1,500 projects representing in excess of $150 million in support of African enterprises and local African communities.  For more information on USADF, its programs and application guidelines, visit www.usadf.gov.

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