What a Little Fertilizer Can Do

With higher-yield seeds and other aid, a Tanzanian village pushes back poverty

Theresa Wolters / Millennium Promise

Under Millennium Village project guidelines, residents of Mbola donate time and labor to construct a new health clinic for their village.

Like thousands of places in rural Africa, the Tanzanian village of Mbola is a community of very hardworking people struggling to find their way out of extreme poverty. They are taking every possible action to improve their condition, as is Tanzania's democratically elected President, the impressive Jakaya Kikwete. With a little help from us, they will make it onto the ladder of economic development.

Mbola is hundreds of miles from the Indian Ocean port of Dar es Salaam, and the closest city, Tabora, served as a base for 19th century explorer David Livingstone. With Mbola so far from world trade routes,...

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