Amelda's Story

Light and Hope at the End of the Tunnel
When we first saw Kwaje Emelda Moi, she was dressed so well we wondered . . . “she doesn’t look very needy!” We interviewed her, and her story was both sad and hopeful.

Emelda is one of two wives in a family which has five children aged up to fifteen years old. The three adults and five children have been subsisting on slightly less than an acre of land. The family had been plagued by syphilis, but were eventually treated successfully. Their lives were tough and poverty had a solid grip on them.

Their food rarely lasted until the next rainy season. They knew what real hunger was!

Then they heard of the Savannah Farmers Cooperative (SFC) Out-Growers Program which might be able to help plow their land if they cleared it of bushes, roots and several trees. A few trees were too big to clear.

In 2011 they applied for help in ploughing, a job until then which was done with nothing but hand hoes. SFC was able to help them expand by plowing a full two acres. They planted both maize and ground-nuts (We call them peanuts,) as well as some garden vegetables.

They not only produced enough food for their whole family for the year, but grew and sold 500kg of maize and 500kg of ground-nuts which they sold in a local market. They felt prosperous for the first time in their lives.

The first benefit Emelda mentioned was that they were able to pay school fees for all their children. They were also able to provide better clothes, including school uniforms.

Theirs has been a long dark tunnel, but they see light and hope at the other end of the tunnel and plan to clear another two acres for ploughing this year. They expect to be ‘rich’ and able to build a brick house with a galvanized tin roof in the future.