The CIFA Trust works to improve the long-term wellbeing of people living in remote rural communities in Malawi, Kenya and Ethiopia. We do this by working closely with three nationally-registered partner NGOs in these countries, providing them with financial and technical support to deliver a range of social and economic interventions in rural communities.
An underlying principle of the Trust is that it responds directly to the needs of communities by asking them about the problems they face and the changes they want to see. This explains our full name: the Community Initiatives Facilitation and Assistance Trust.
Our work in Malawi started in 2015 and is concentrated in the Northern Region, outside Mzuzu city in a number of rural communities. We are currently focused on strengthening income-generation opportunities and improving nutritional outcomes in selected rural communities. Our initial work in Malawi was made possible by the generous support of the Scottish Government through the small grants scheme.
Over the longer-term, we aim to focus increasingly on market-based solutions to poverty reduction. As such, we are keen to discuss with Malawian or Scottish-based companies with an interest in working with us.