The SAM Project (Sustainability through Agriculture and Micro-Enterprises) is a registered charity organization based in the Southern Province of Zambia. It enables sustainable solutions to local needs by employing a grassroots model of development, with focus on available resources and community oversight. The aim of the SAM Project is to match rural community needs to available expertise and resources. Working with partner organizations, the SAM Project promotes an incorporative approach to rural development, based on access to clean water, alternative agricultural strategies and nutritional education.

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Our Projects

The SAM Project’s efforts in Zambia are governed by one over-riding principle, which was best stated by one of our partners:  “when we pull the plug, we want the lights to stay on”.  We use local resources and skills rather than depending on imported inputs and 1st world methods.  Our interventions are based on principles of Positive Deviancy, which involves identifying the individuals in a community who have succeeded in overcoming the local challenges, and then providing a structure so that they can share their knowledge and skills with their peers and neighbours.  We see ourselves as facilitators, helping ask the questions and assisting with access to the resources and skills that will provide answers.

Water Projects

Nutrition Program

Alternative Agriculture

2015 Highlights:

  • Clean Water: Our clean water initiative drilled 4 new boreholes for communities in Muzya, in combination with numerous repair projects
  • Agriculture and Livestock: Boer goats arrived from South Africa to form nucleus of a region-wide breed improvement program. This year, our satellite herds will continue to expand and hopefully bring an increased profit for more Zambian families
  • Nutrition: The Nutrition Program continues to educate women on proper nutrition and health for their children. Summer of 2016 will be the first round of women graduating from the program

Make sure to check our calendar to see a list of upcoming events and activities


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SAM Project partners with Rotary International on US$150,000 3-Year Development Project

Starting in June 2014, SAM Project is implementing a comprehensive development program that is being funded by the good folks at Rotary International of Lincoln, Nebraska and Livingstone, Zambia.  The 3 Year, US$150,000 program will  conduct integrated plan of vegetable gardens, poultry flocks, water sources, goat breed improvement, and nutrition education, across 15 communities across […]

Lunungu Community Garden

        Last year, Lunungu Village of Musokotwane Chiefdom received a well, donated by Rotary International and drilled by Overland Missions. The well is located near a recently completed clinic with families eager to establish a community garden.         The multi-faceted garden will fulfill many different roles within the community. It will demonstrate […]