Mtalimanja Village was built with funds from the Nu Skin Force for Good Foundation and dedicated in 2007.
The village is home to the School of Agriculture for Family Independence (SAFI) and is focused on helping the people of Malawi learn better agricultural techniques to provide for themselves and their families. Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world and one in three people in Malawi is threatened by hunger every day. The majority of the people are farmers and live on less than one dollar a day. Named by the local people of Malawi, Mtalimanja means "long hands that give."
The foundation, in partnership with local non-profit organizations and civic groups, built an actual village at Mtalimanja to house 30-40 farmers and their families while they are educated in fish farming, drip irrigation, sustainable farming, forest conservation, tree farming, animal husbandry, nutrition and other subjects. Husbands and wives attend classes together and children are sent to primary school.
Families attending SAFI spend their second year of study back at home and continue to learn through an extension program. They implement their new skills and teach these principles to others, including their children, to ensure that the ideals of self-sufficiency will last for generations.