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Viphya Chambo - Cultivating Excellence and Sustainability in Aquaculture and Agriculture

In the picturesque surroundings of Lusangazi, Mzimba North, a remarkable journey of innovation, dedication, and sustainability began in 2018. Viphya Chambo, a dynamic family-owned enterprise specializing in fish and banana farming, was founded by the visionary duo Falesi Florence and Odoi Mwangonde. Their goal: to cultivate high-quality Chambo fish at competitive prices while championing sustainable agricultural practices.

Starting with modest resources, Viphya Chambo faced numerous challenges.

The most daunting was securing adequate capital to purchase essential equipment and develop infrastructure, such as constructing additional fish ponds. Despite these obstacles, Falesi and Odoi were unwavering in their commitment to their vision. Their journey from a small start-up to a recognized leader in the industry is nothing short of inspirational.

One of Viphya Chambo’s most innovative strategies was expanding into cage fish farming. By collaborating with communities along riverbanks, the enterprise not only increased its production capacity but also empowered local farmers. Providing fingerlings, fish feed, and facilitating market access through off-take agreements, Viphya Chambo created a sustainable model that benefited both the business and the community.

Sustainability is at the heart of Viphya Chambo’s operations. The enterprise is dedicated to environmental conservation through tree planting, banana cultivation, and grassland management. By promoting sustainable practices among local farmers, Viphya Chambo ensures that its growth does not come at the expense of the environment.

The AGBAIT training program played a pivotal role in Viphya Chambo’s success. The training funded by GIZ and was conducted by SMEDI. It helped the enterprise identify key business activities and enhance record-keeping practices. This training also facilitated access to financial institutions, enabling Viphya Chambo to secure critical financing for its growth initiatives.

With MK3 million financing from NBS Bank, which was fully repaid, and an additional K5 million due in October 2024.

Viphya Chambo’s excellence in fingerling production has earned it recognition as a Hatchery Operator by the Aquaculture Value Chain Project (AVCP) - GIZ. Moreover, support from the Commercial Agriculture for Small Agribusiness (CASA) has been invaluable. CASA, funded by the FCDO - British Government, has provided fiduciary and governance support and linked Viphya Chambo with smallholder fish farmers, further strengthening its operations.

Viphya Chambo’s story is a testament to the power of vision, hard work, and sustainable practices. From its humble beginnings to becoming a beacon of excellence in the agricultural industry, Viphya Chambo has shown that with dedication and the right support, it is possible to overcome challenges and achieve remarkable success.

Falesi Florence and Odoi Mwangonde have not only built a thriving business but have also created a positive impact on their community and the environment. Their journey inspires other aspiring entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams, embrace sustainability, and make a difference in their communities.

At Viphya Chambo, the commitment to excellence, innovation, and sustainability continues to drive growth and success. With a passionate team and a clear vision, Viphya Chambo is poised to emerge as a leader in the agricultural industry, paving the way for a more sustainable and prosperous future for all.

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