The Sam Project
Zambia is one of the world's poorest countries. While most countries of the world have enjoyed increased prosperity in the past three decades, Zambia has seen its per capita income drop by 5% annually in the past thirty years, and its average life expectancy fall from 54 years in 1980 to 37 years today. Nearly 70% of Zambians live below the poverty line which is set at US$1 per day. Poverty and food insecurity are widespread in both rural and urban areas, and the country remains extremely vulnerable to recurring natural disasters, including floods, drought and animal diseaseThe SAM Project (Sustainability through Agriculture and Micro-Enterprises) is a secular, non-political organization that enables sustainable solutions to local needs, using available resources, community oversight and the mechanisms of the Zambian market economy.The goal of the SAM Project is to facilitate local enterprise in communities in Southern Zambia who have been affected by HIV/AIDS. The SAM Project links communities to the resources and skills necessary to engage in small scale economic activities, such as gardening, egg production and beekeeping. The crops are raised and sold at local markets in order to provide cash for individuals, families, and community groups. The enterprises, once established, become locally sustainable and are not dependent on external donations.