We have implemented the Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) methodology to ensure the sustainable development of our communities. This aligns with the aims of the Government of Mozambique’s Corporate Social Responsibility for the Extractive Industry policy and Gas Master Plan, both of which emphasise that companies should contribute to the reduction of poverty and promote sustainability.
The ABCD Programme is being implemented in certain Inhassoro communities and involves horticulture, chicken and egg income generation projects. The programme is an example of inter-village trade of goods and services and creating regional markets.
We worked with communities in the broader Inhassoro community to identify projects that would serve their needs.
Currently, 60 families are directly benefiting from the project and many others in the region are benefiting indirectly. Beneficiaries have managed to increase production and secure sales with third parties. They have also established an association and are already making savings for their basic needs as well as investing into the project.
LIFE OF ANTÓNIO VILANCULOS
António Vilanculos lives in Temane where he owns a large piece of land. He had all sorts of plans to utilise the land, but lacked the resources to realise any of these plans. When Sasol and our partners came to the community to discuss growth projects, António saw a light for his own future and that of his children.
We provided funding, training and equipment to get his coops off the ground, starting with 150 chicks to raise and produce eggs for sale.
The project has made a significant difference to his life: “Now I have a house, which I built using local materials, it’s a step forward. My children are in school, one of them is at Secondary School (High School) in Vilanculos due to this project, because I can now pay for the expenses.”