Ben and Cat Frampton
Founding members of the team; Ben and Cat Frampton were sent to set up a Foundations for Farming base in Mkushi in February 2012 and Foundations Zambia was born. Ben overseas the running of the ministry, does a lot of the training, manages the farm and helps to serve and resource other ministries across Zambia that are using Foundations for Farming as a part of their community outreach. To find out more about who else is in Zambia doing Foundations for Farming, click here. Cat is the Finance Manager and also is responsible for branding and design.
Mbayoni joined the Foundations Zambia team in 2013 as our first paid member of staff. He had been part of a training we had done in a local workplace, which wanted to use it’s staff to form an outreach team to teach Foundations for Farming into a local school. After being involved in the work for 18 months, we asked Mbayoni to join our team. He works for us part time and has his own farm on which he is a living testimony to Foundations for Farming in his community.
We originally met Mike when we needed people to help us prepare our demonstration plots when we moved to Chengelo Training Farm at the end of 2014 and so we hired him and several others on a casual basis. In the 2015-16 season we started our Internship Programme and Mike agreed to stay on as one of our first interns, he joined the Foundations Zambia team as a paid member of staff at the end of his internship in 2016. He’s the supervisor for our demonstration plots on the farm and spends his time managing our current interns.
Dan and Mary Vissani
Dan and Mary joined our team in 2016. Originally from the States, Dan and Mary spent two years serving Foundations for Farming in Harare and so came to our team with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Dan overseas the Internship Programme, and the Foundations Groups from local villages, as well as helping to introduce vegetables to our teaching. Mary is our admin queen, plans and runs our trainings and is responsible for hosting and organising any short term teams we have.
Winess joined our staff team in July 2017 after completing a year of our Internship Programme. We had been on the look out for someone that could help to market and sell some of the produce we grow on the farm. Winess spends a lot of her time doing just that; making popcorn, roasting groundnuts, and making peanut butter. Any spare time she has we put to good use helping to teach the current interns, or translating for our trainings.
Stephen and Christine Roberts
Part time members of the team, Stephen and Christine spend several months of the year in Mkushi serving with Foundations Zambia. Stephen has been heading up some of our Foundations for Finance teaching, and does some individual debt counselling with some of our trainees, interns and local churches. Christine, has her fingers in many pies from sewing curtains for our training centre, to cooking for teams/voluteers that come.