Due to years of mismanagement, lax fishing laws, and no evironmental stewardship fish stocks in Lake Malawi have reached the point of near collapse – threatening an important source of food for Malawi. Additional crisis of drought, malaria, and overpopulation, are creating critical food instability for this small landlocked country. In response, Solace has created a fish-breeding program to produce baby fish, or “fingerlings” to supply regional fish farmers with stock for “fattening” into fish for market.
In 2006 Ayub Azizi brought his family from Afghanistan to Malawi to manage this program. As in Afghanistan, Ayub proved a tireless and reliable manager. He has overseen the development of a fully functioning fish farm in a region where previous attempts funded with millions of dollars in foreign aid, have failed.
The ponds were finally completed in late 2007. In March of 2009, Solace negotiated a contract with the NGO C-Fish to supply 500,000 fingerlings for the fish farmers in the region. The amount was reached by calculating worker’s salaries and other operating costs of the Mangochi Fish Farm for 15 months. This contract is worth $35,000.
Currently the farm is being overseen by Sahar Azizi and Matthew Wilson.