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We're excited to tell you about some of the latest things we've been up to (and please take a look at the attached backgrounder document to learn more about 50/50 and how we differ from most other organizations):
On Zanzibar, we've helped 15 men and women start new careers as butterfly farmers. With support and training via our partnership with Zanzibar Butterfly Centre, we've provided business training and start-up funds for them to raise caterpillars into butterflies and earn money (up to ten times their previous income) by nurturing the environment (butterflies are nature's second-best pollinaters after bees) rather than destroying it (many used to chop down trees to sell as firewood or charcoal).
On the island of Pemba, to Zanzibar's north, we are working with a group of seven men and women in Chanjaani to open the area's first dairy farm, which they have decided to call Pemba Fresh Dairy. Most currently make less than $300 a year; once the dairy is up and running they'll have the opportunity to raise their incomes by 8 times as much. With start-up funding and training (both in business management and in dairy-specific skills), the group plans to sell pasteurized milk in clean, reuseable glass bottles (rather than the commonly-used plastic bags that pile up as waste).