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What we do

Tiko uses a 19-step plan to alleviate poverty in local communities. With teaching and close monitoring, Tiko aims to introduce good farming practices, better nutrition, energy-saving approaches and family planning to the many subsistence farmers in the region.



The main problem in the Eastern Province is chronic malnutrition.
After 15 years of creating jobs, running many classes and courses, helping in the villages and other various projects we have devised a plan to deal with these pressing issue. A project that was carried out in 2005 highlighted the problems and gave us the clue to how to solve them. Fifty women from different villages attended our seminar on ‘basic health and development’ and HIV and AIDS. To this day thirty-seven of the women continue to come to Tiko monthly to report on their patients, their vegetable gardens, and their pigeons, and to gain new information and continued support. This led to the 19 steps out of poverty for the subsistence farmer. These steps form the subject matter at the Tiko Academy started in July 2014. This five month course also teaches basic health and development, small business management, as well as reading, writing, and general maths.

Tiko academy


A modified version of the 19 step plan also forms the basis of a current grant application with the House of Chiefs, to help support 26 villages.


19 Steps out of poverty

If you would like more information about the 19 steps please see our detailed document here.
steps out of poverty

The 19 steps for getting people out of poverty concern the following areas:

  • Step 1: From witchcraft to science
  • Step 2-6: The importance of bacteria
  • Step 7-13: Nutrition: a balanced diet
  • Step 14-19: How to grow food and be sustainable?

Currently Tikondane provides help to local people in the condition that they start a compost heap. Katete soil is so denuded and poor it does not keep any moisture. To rectify this the community needs to produce organic fertilizer and mulch. The compost helps them to grow cassava, which forms nsima a staple of the Zambian diet.

Tiko currently has some money to support engagement in the beginning steps of this plan. We also hope to gain a grant from the House of Chiefs to further this work. For the subsequent steps, vegetables, pigeons and rabbits, an energy-saving stove and so forth, more grant money is needed. Any family that does all the 19 steps will be less at risk. Our crew are encouraged and supported to take all 19 steps, Doris has done so successfully and is running an orphanage with remarkably little help.



Tikondane runs many important projects. All of these projects including our HIV counselling program, the pre-school, adult education classes, and various village outreach programs, have been designed by and for the Tiko crew and the local community. Our current projects are outlined in the chart below, if you would like further information please do not hesitate to contact us.


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