Donating the land
Land ownership in Ndola is strictly controlled through the tribal system. In order to acquire the land for the orphanage and coffee farm, Living Hope approached Chief Mushili. Although he has since passed away, he was the most senior royal chief of the Lamba Tribe, and one of most important chiefs in Zambia. In exchange for the solemn promise to employ all who participated, Chief Mushili granted his permission for several landowners to donate acreage to the project.
One of the people who donated land was Shelly Matipula. In 2009, when she was first approached by the Living Hope team, she and her family were struggling to meet their most basic needs. Her husband had died in 2004, leaving her as the sole provider for her five children. They lived in a small home made of mud that was in desperate need of repair. Eking out a life as a subsistence farmer was back-breaking work. It was difficult for her to earn enough to keep the family fed and the kids in school.
She was reluctant at first to donate any of her land. Her children feared that she might end up with nothing. In the end, she decided to take the leap of faith to exchange a few hectares of her land for the promise of an opportunity.