Geoffery Mghima is a 40years old Deafblind entrepreneur who lives in Mzimba district, 200kms north of Malawi’s capital Lilongwe.
Like any other men in his neighborhood, Geoffrey likes associating with people who are visionary. He is able to guide his family members on the best practices of economic management as well as encouraging his siblings to go to school. Not only is Geoffrey a successful tobacco farmer, he is also a successful live stock farmer.
A beneficiary of VIHEMA Deafblind Malawi economic empowerment project, Geoffrey Mghima was among the first 30 Deafblind beneficiaries of the livestock initiative with funding from ABILIS Foundation of Finland. For a start, beneficiaries were provide
d with a male and female goat which meant that once those goats produced another set, they will be passed on to the next beneficiaries. The initiative had conditions which compelled to work hard to sustain the project.
Geoffrey was the best of all the 30 beneficiaries. His deafblindness did not discourage him as he has more than fourteen goats from a humble beginning of two goats. After giving away the starter pack, he calls himself a successful entrepreneur as he has a tobacco garden and a healthy livestock business which earns him enough to support his family and pay for his siblings’ education.
The initiative has strongly demonstrated that, Deafblindness is not inability.