International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security

Yamba Malawi

aka Yamba Malawi, goods for good, GFG   |   New York, NY   |  www.yambamalawi.org

Mission

Our mission is to uplift Malawi’s children by building businesses and by enabling investment in children’s care.

Ruling year info

2006

Founder and CEO

Ms. Melissa Kushner

Main address

244 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1280

New York, NY 10001 USA

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Formerly known as

g4g

goods for good

EIN

20-4626448

Cause area (NTEE code) info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Hunger and food security rank among Malawi's most pressing challenges. After an average harvest, approximately one quarter of all Malawians are unable to meet basic food needs and 84% of rural poor households experience food insecurity for at least one month. Nearly half of all Malawian children under five are stunted and nearly 17% are significantly underweight, both of which have lifelong impacts on physical development, cognitive performance, and health. Our child-centered livelihoods program ensures children have access to nutritious food that helps them grow into healthy adults. Public health is not the only problem facing Malawi - 20% of Malawians aged 6-29 have never attended school, and only 46% of students have completed primary school. In rural areas, education performance is even more dire, with only 8% of students graduating from secondary school.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Support to Households and Communities

Yamba Malawi envisions a world where strong, self-reliant communities build brighter futures for children. Leveraging our intimate knowledge of the challenges facing Malawi’s youth and our experience with both direct support for children and economic development, Yamba Malawi has created a child-centered livelihoods program that uplifts Malawi’s vulnerable children by building local businesses and by enabling investment in children’s care. Through interventions centered around sustainable and scaleable businesses, financial training, and links to social services, Yamba Malawi helps vulnerable children and their communities move out of extreme poverty into livelihoods that help them improve food security, health, water and sanitation, and education outcomes.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Better Business Bureau

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children that have received services.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth (0-19 years),At-risk youth,Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related Program

Support to Households and Communities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The total number of children who receive support through the funds generated by the Community Enterprise program.

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Yamba Malawi aims to build lasting change in Malawi's most at-risk communities by helping grow locally owned and operated businesses that can sustain long term success and reinvest in education and infrastructure in their communities to ensure brighter futures for their children.

To target Malawi's most vulnerable children, Yamba Malawi works closely with local leaders to identify households and communities who are struggling to provide their children the opportunities and care they deserve. With support from these leaders and expertise from our Malawian staff, Yamba Malawi analyzes key indicators around financial stability, food security, access to education and healthcare, quality of housing, and more. Such a multifaceted approach ensures our team can fully consider the challenges facing Malawi's most vulnerable children, which then helps us to achieve the greatest impact. Yamba Malawi's programs are specifically designed to address the challenges facing these vulnerable children in a way that is both scaleable as well as appropriate for populations that are often difficult to reach. For example, while some households are well-positioned to participate in our farming program, an elderly or infirm caregiver may be better suited for a less physical business intervention such as our honey program. Alternatively, in our rural communities, there are also particularly vulnerable groups like child-headed households who need support from community-based programs, as their age and vulnerability make traditional market interventions impossible. In each component of our programs, our dedicated team carefully considers how to best impact children's short- and long-term well-being while empowering communities to break the cycle of poverty and create brighter futures for the next generation.

Our headquarters in Malawi is staffed entirely by Malawians all of whom have a deep understanding of how to build relationships with our community-based partners and create lasting change. Our staff is experienced in running development programs with a powerful impact. They also have strong financial expertise and coaching abilities. Yamba Malawi has a budget of approximately $1M annually. <br/><br/>Yamba Malawi works with technical experts for trainings related to specific types of businesses and the International Labor Organization for training on business management. We are currently formalizing our own training tools as well.

Yamba Malawi measures progress by lives impacted - whether this means children enrolled in school or on scholarships, community or family businesses started, revenue generated, or any number of other measurables.

Yamba Malawi's five community businesses and 200 household businesses give communities and households the resources and tools they need to earn sustainable incomes - these businesses have generated $500,000 in revenue since program launch and a subsequent $100,000 in direct investments in programs for children. Our education interventions include support for preschool, primary students, secondary students, and teachers - we've enrolled 23,544 children in preschools and awarded 150 secondary school scholarships. In the coming years, we will scale our programs significantly, including the exploration of working in new communities, the diversification of our business portfolio, and the exploration of value chain profits through aggregation and processing. We will also pursue additional relationships with NGO, government, and private sector partners to strengthen all aspects of our programs. Our goals are to increase the number of children enrolled in feeding programs by 1,500, double the number of students receiving school scholarships, enroll 210 new households (~700 children) in our program, expand to at least 250 honey businesses and 600 groundnut/soya businesses, and launch two new community businesses.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Yamba Malawi

Board of directors
as of 5/12/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mark Lakin

Melissa Kushner, MPA

CEO, Yamba Malawi

Jeremy Kaplan, MBA

Abby Doft

Mark Lakin

Donald Felix

Afwa Kandawire

Rebecca Anikstein

Whynde Kuehn

Jason Segal

Meryl Levin

Stephen Murray

Bethanie Brady

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Keywords

Africa, poverty, orphans, children, international development, education, HIV/AIDS, Malawi, Sub-Saharan Africa, grassroots, public schools, youth, vocational training