Of the training he received from our local partner SOLDEV*, Loshas says, ‘You get good ideas from the local project workers in our community, unlike when you are on your own. I realised that they could share ideas with me about farming. The training by the project and Christian Aid helped me learn the modern way of farming.’
Loshas also received seeds to help him put his new approach into practice.
Seeds of growth
But, he adds, ‘It is not just farming, but also the Village Savings and Loan Scheme. I was not a member of the scheme but, through the project, I have been trained to join.’ As he explains:
‘I wanted to have a solar pump for irrigating my garden, so I borrowed some money from the Village Bank. Now that I have the pump, I see that things are moving on well. With the bananas, I started small. But I am expanding now because of the irrigation.’
This turn for the better has filled Loshas with hope: ‘My plans are big: I plan to further expand the banana field. When it is bigger, it will start giving me bigger profits. If I start making more profits, I want to help others who are struggling in my community.
I thank Christian Aid for supporting the project because through them, we are assisted. Without them, we would have nothing.’
*Synod of Livingstonia Development Department