Project: Inspiring Young Farmers

 

Young Farmer

Desire Msowoya.

Current Situation

Desire a young mother with one child and lives with her grandmother.  She is a member of Chinyolo Young Farmers Club and actively participates in the group’s Village Savings and Loan Association from where she is able to access financing in form of a loan and share out to finance her farming, small businesses and she able to use the profits to finance her education.

Background

Three years ago, Desire dropped out of school while in form 2 and got married due to luck of financial support at schools i.e. school fees and other daily basic needs to sustain her in school. However, marriage life was not all rosy, she was subjected to abject poverty but also gender based violence. Following the introduction of the inspiring young farmers project in the community, she joined the farmers club, from where she accessed tailored entrepreneurship training and accessed financing to invest in small scale cash crops farming.  With the support from the Extension worker and her friends, Desire decided to go back to school. She left her marriage and now stays with her grandmother.

How has Malawi Fruits helped and what does the future hold

The Inspiring Young Farmers project mobilised young people in young farmers clubs provided training in modern farming technologies including compost manure making, growing of improved and certified seed varieties. The young farmers were also provided with capital for the first two years of the project in the form of farm inputs which has evolved into a Revolving Farm Inputs Fund managed by the young farmers themselves. Desire and her fellow members were also trained in Financial literacy, savings and entrepreneurship that has made a significant difference in her and her childs life.

Comments

I had dropped out of school, got married and stuck with an abusive husband. I was not sure what my future would look like. Today am certain of my future, education is the answer and am thankful to the Inspiring Young Farmers project for giving me the tools to earn income and pay for my school fees.  – Desire Msowoya, Member of the Chinyoro Young Farmers Club.

 

 

Young Farmer

Mary Mhango.

Current Situation

Mary is a member of Lukali young farmers club located in Chenyentha Village, Traditional Authority Chisovya. Mary is an active member of the farmers club and actively involved in the Village Savings and Loan Association from where she is able to access financing in form of a loan and share out to finance her farming. Through the club she is also empowered with knowledge and skills to grow maize, soya beans and ground nuts for consumption and for sale. Mary is able to support her child and her siblings with the proceeds raised from farming as a business.

Today Mary is hopeful of her future. She sees potential in her farming business as the business is growing year in year out. She looks forward to getting higher yields from the crops of Maize, Groundnuts and Soya Beans she has grown this year.

Background

Mary dropped out of school in standard 7 and over the years she had nothing to do to earn a living. Mary was hopeless and ended up getting married and has one child who now attends a pre school in the community. Unfortunately, promises for a better life in marriage never materialised, the husband failed to fend and provide for his family and worse still the husband was abusive. Following the introduction of the inspiring young farmers project in the community, Mary Joined Lukali young farmers club. She is an active member and also participates in the Village Savings and Loan Associations from she is able to borrow money and invest in her farming business.

How has Malawi Fruits helped and what does the future hold

The introduction of the Inspiring Young Farmers project in the community was a life line for many young people like Mary. The project extension worker mobilised young people in young farmers clubs, Mary and other fellow young people formed Lukari young farmers club. Malawi Fruits through the project provided training in modern farming technologies including compost manure making, growing of improved and certified seed varieties. The young farmers were also provided with capital for the first two years of the project in the form of farm inputs which has evolved into a Revolving Farm Inputs Fund managed by the young farmers themselves. Mary and her fellow members were also trained in Financial literacy, savings and entrepreneurship that has made a significant difference in her and her childs life.

Comments

I am grateful for the support that I got from the inspiring young farmers project. I was able to use funds from the share-out to buy certified seeds and fertilisers for my garden. The knowledge gained on modern farming technologies have ensured that I have a good garden and I maximise the yield. – Mary Mhango, Member of the Lukali Young Farmers Club.

 

Young Farmer

Harold Phiri.

Current Situation

Harold is a member of Lukali young farmers club and he is a proud owner of Grocery Shop that caters for the whole community. The Grocery Shop was opened courtesy of profits generated from selling beans in the last growing season.  He is also an active member of the Village Savings and Loan Association from where he is able to access financing in form of a loan and share out to finance his farming and the Grocery Shop.

Background

Harold dropped out of school in standard 8 and like many other young people in the community he was not certain of what the future will look like.  Following the introduction of the inspiring young farmers project in the community. Harold joined the farmers club, from where he accessed tailored entrepreneurship training accessed financing to invest in small scale cash crops farming.

How has Malawi Fruits helped and what does the future hold

The Inspiring Young Farmers project mobilised young people in young farmers clubs, Harold and his friends formed the Lukari young farmers club. Malawi Fruits, through the project provided training in modern farming technologies including compost manure making, growing of improved and certified seed varieties. The young farmers were also provided with capital for the first two years of the project in the form of farm inputs which has evolved into a Revolving Farm Inputs Fund managed by the young farmers themselves. Harold and his fellow members were also trained in Financial literacy, savings and entrepreneurship that has made a significant difference in his life.

Comments

When I recall how hard life was before this project, I feel like I am dreaming. I give thanks to Malawi Fruits for this life changing project. Now I am able to get what I want to support myself and my siblings.   – Harold Phiri, Member of the Lukali Young Farmers Club.