How a Mozambique supermarket began with $3

The terrible civil war in Mozambique ended less than a generation ago, at the end of 1992. Just three years later, Patricia Mabande and Luis received a loan of $3 from the Lutheran team. Luis shares what happened next …

“Before we received the loan from the Lutheran project, life was very difficult for us. We didn’t even have a bicycle.

With the first loan we started off selling small things like soap and salt, things like that. Because we received some trainings in business management, and could take out more loans, we were able to grow the business.

Now we have two lorries, cattle, a house and four shops. We’re planning to open another shop soon, and then we want to open a supermarket.

We feel very positive about the future and thank the Australians for helping us. This help you gave to us, please continue this for more people.”

Country: Mozambique

Where: Gaza province (Chokwe, Mabalane, Guija and Chigubo Districts)

What: Community Empowerment Program

Beneficiaries: 63,065 people

Funding 2016: $80,000 

Focus of Community Empowerment Program (CEP):

  • Empowering people to take control of their lives by equipping them with the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will increase their opportunities. 
  • Developing communities’ capacities to claim their human rights and helping them to create and maintain strategic alliances with development partners and government. 
  • Sustainable development support and training in organisational development. 
  • Health committees focus on HIV/AIDS and hygiene. 
  • Human rights committees. 
  • Food security interventions.
  • In 2013, shift from service delivery to rights based approach which means trainings in areas such as leadership, management, human rights and advocacy. 
  • Priorities to increase number of people achieving sustainable livelihoods, improved prevention and management of HIV/AIDS, malaria and cholera, and enhanced management of natural resources and disaster preparation and response.

Focus groups:
Marginalised and vulnerable such as the disabled people, elderly people, women, young people and poor people. And those communities most affected by natural disaster.