‘We have learnt about irrigation, and how to make fertiliser from manure and apply it to the fields,’ she explains, showing us her new garden. Fyness is now growing maize, other much-needed foods like soya, groundnuts and beans, plus vegetables and fruit. There’s even some left over that she can sell, to earn an income.
‘Christian Aid’s partner here taught us the importance of having a garden. At first, I thought it would not be useful, but it has helped me. With the garden, I can get my vegetables and cook.'
Then there are her 7 fruit trees: ‘Since I have planted the trees, I know in the future I will have fruits. Then I and my children will no longer struggle to look for wild fruits in the forest. We will get them at home.’
‘I used to lack food, but now, I am able to feed my family. I am grateful to Christian Aid. Thank you very much.’
*Synod of Livingstonia Development Department