On World Food Day: Amalia’s Story
Written by admin on October 16, 2014 in General
Today on World Food Day, it seemed fitting to share Amalia’s story. Through sustainable farming training, Amalia was empowered to grow organic food for her family. The training allowed her to move away from destructive practices like using chemical pesticides and cutting down trees. Today, her land is healthier and her family enjoys nutritious meals daily.
As seasons change, our prayers for farming families in Tanzania have shifted to asking for adequate rainfall. During the fall, precipitation prepares the soil for the upcoming tree-planting season and allows crops to grow year round. It is a busy time for staff as they spend numerous hours training community members in sustainable farming. In rural communities across Tanzania, parents are learning how to grow more abundant crops, which puts food on the table and increases income through selling excess produce at market.
Amalia Mosha is a farmer, a mother of five, and a recipient of Plant With Purpose’s trainings. Amalia says that her former agricultural techniques resulted in unreliable crops. “Before joining [a VSLA] group, I faced a lot of challenges including unreliable food since we were not using appropriate agriculture practices, which resulted in soil erosion. We did not know how to practice organic farming, which lead to health problems unknowingly,” she said. Soil erosion, chemical usage, and cutting down trees deteriorated her land as well as her family’s lives. But the knowledge she gained through Plant With Purpose training has transformed the way she cares for her natural resources and ultimately for her family.
Because of the sustainable methods Amalia now uses, her family eats organic vegetables daily. She cultivates a wide variety of vegetables that include red cabbage, spinach, kale, beetroot, and celery. From sales of the produce alone, she earned enough income to pay for 70 percent of her children’s school fees.
Physical and financial improvements are not the only ways Amalia’s life changed through partnership with Plant With Purpose. She shares that her relationship with God improves daily and she joyously tithes and gives back to Him from her improved income. It is stories of holistic transformation like this that excite us. Amalia is one example among many of rural poor’s potential to live with self-sufficiency, hope, and dignity.