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Cardamom Bushes for African Villages

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The Millennium Development Goals are the world's time-bound and quantified targets for tackling the many dimensions of extreme poverty by 2015, and now you can help with the first goal: Eradicate Extreme Hunger and Poverty.

Your donation through this Gift That Gives More™ plants 4,040 square feet of land in a "Millennium Village" in Africa with cardamom bushes.

How can spice bushes such as cardamom help? When farmers can provide high-value, light, and long-lasting crops like dried spices, their economic power goes up -- helping their own families and enriching the entire community.


Millennium Village Profile: Ruhiira, Uganda
The Millennium Villages in the Ruhiira cluster are spread over several hundred square kilometers with extremely poor or non-existent roads. Food production in Ruhiira has been declining over the years, and that, combined with an overdependence on banana as a main food source, has made malnutrition, especially among women and children, highly prevalent.

Thanks to this program, the villages have made major strides in food security and diversity in the past year, and farmers have even been able to contribute maize to the school feeding program. Nearly all of Ruhiira's 6,000 farmers have diversified their farms to include high-value crops such as leafy vegetables and spices.

More than 400,000 seedlings have been planted in Ruhiira, many of them high-value crops such as cardamom bushes, whose pods are used in cooking and herbal medicines.

Your donation through this Gift That Gives More™ plants 4,040 square feet of cardamom bushes in a Millennium Village in Africa. Currently, Millennium Promise works in 80 villages across ten different countries -- Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda.


Millennium Promise's flagship initiative, Millennium Villages project, offers a bold, innovative model for helping rural African communities lift themselves out of extreme poverty. With simple solutions like providing high-yield seeds, fertilizers, medicines, drinking wells and materials to build school rooms and clinics, Millennium Promise is effectively combating extreme poverty and nourishing communities into a new age of health and opportunity.


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